I’m pretty sure this has passed under most people’s radar….

Started in June 2008, it is the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).

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This is a draft plurilateral agreement for the purpose of establishing international standards for intellectual property rights enforcement. The agreement aims to establish an international legal framework for targeting counterfeit goods, generic medicines and copyright infringement on the Internet, and would create a new governing body outside existing forums, such as the World Trade Organization, the World Intellectual Property Organization, or the United Nations.

It now has the following signatories, probably on your behalf and you also probably didn’t know…: USA, EU and 22 member states, Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore and South Korea.

Read these….

http://venturebeat.com/2012/01/28/what-is-acta-and-why-are-thousands-of-europ…

http://goo.gl/YXPjz

What do you think? Do you care? Should you care?

I think we are on the verge of loosing the free and open Internet for ever, which will make this very post (for example) illegal. Sad times.


This post originally appeared here: Posterous
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