Thursday, 10 July 2008

Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (Acta)

The Guardian has an article discussing the newly propsed Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement which in theory oculd allow customs officers to stop you at border control and search your laptop / music player for illegal files (either music or video).
The article highlights some of the key issues of this agreement, plus another law currently being discussed in the Eruopean Parliament which could result in users being kicked off the internet if they violate copyright laws.

I would have thought that these laws are really to catch the "big boys" who are ripping CDs and DVDs on a large scale rather than the occasional downloader - but you never know!

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