Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Current ACTA drafts ban DRM interoperability laws; Ars Technica, 11/30/09

Nate Anderson, Ars Technica; Current ACTA drafts ban DRM interoperability laws:

1,700 European ISPs and the Swedish Communications Minister both worry about the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, but only one gets to tell the US government all about it this week in Washington. Leaked EU documents this week also reveal that the current ACTA draft could ban DRM interoperability laws.

"It's not just bloggers who are upset about both the content and secrecy surrounding the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA); the Swedish government is displeased, the European Union has concerns, and 1,700 European ISPs have now expressed their opposition to the process. While the worst fears of the ACTA worriers have yet to be realized, there's still plenty of opposition to a secretive treaty that attempts to push the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) on the rest of the world.

The US drafted the section of ACTA dealing with Internet copyright infringement and recently unveiled it to negotiating partners at a meeting in Seoul, South Korea. The draft does not mandate "three strikes" Internet disconnection laws, nor does it propose to strip ISPs of their "intermediary" immunity from prosecution. But it does push the DMCA's anti-circumvention rules and "notice-and-takedown" provisions on the rest of the world, even going so far as to stop countries from making DRM interoperability laws (requiring Apple to open its Fairplay DRM, for instance, so that content from iTunes could be used on other devices."


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