ACTA turns on Movie Studios

Movie Studio hopes that the Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) would give them god-like powers to force ISPs to act like unpaid copyright cops have been dashed.

Knowledge Ecology International, which has been monitoring the ACTA negotiations has published a leaked version of the most recent draft of an international copyright treaty.

It shows that politicians have decided that a policing role for ISPs in copyright breaches was not a good idea.

ACTA is supposed to create a legal framework that will guide policy makers tasked with setting national copyright laws. The movie studios have been trying to make ISPs liable for tracking users illegally downloading copyright content, and implementing a three-strikes policy that cuts off infringers’ internet.

Initially the idea had some support from politicians who needed the cash as they faced elections, but now it appears that they have betrayed their former paymasters working out that to back the movie studios would hack too many people off.

Writing in his bog  Rick Shera, an intellectual property lawyer for Lowndes Jordan in New Zealand, said that the draft appears to “remove most, if not all, requirements for treaty countries to impose third party liability on ISPs and other third party providers”, leaving only “a relatively benign set of provisions”.