ACTA to criminalise technology, consumers

US NGO Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) has been leaked a few more lines of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. According to the leak, the European Commission has added very nasty lines to ACTA. “Wilful copyright or related rights piracy on a commercial scale” will be declared a criminal offence under ACTA. The definition is to include “significant willful copyright or related rights infringements that have no direct or indirect motivation of financial gain”.

In other words, any torrent tracker, such as or, would be outlawed. File hosters such as Rapidshare, Megaupload or a service like Dropbox could be considered to be illegal, depending how a law maker or court would define “significant infringements”.

After all, Evildoing Joe Average might upload some album to such a service to share it with his or her mates – certainly a crime worth prosecuting. 

However, the terror doesn’t stop.

ACTA is furthermore to install a so-called Oversight Committee, an international Politbureau which will make sure countries make the best laws of the worst kind. Technical assistance, namely the “integration of anti-counterfeiting and anti-hacking actions in national development strategies,” is also to be part of the agreement.

One might as well simply outlaw the entire internet and such advanced technologies as VHS and cassette recorders – after all, taping hurts industry as people can use it to make copies.

ACTA is currently being designed by shadowy figures behind closed doors. The agreement is designed to impose fascist measures on existing technologies and the internet, turning back the clocks to 197X. Portions of the agreement are being worded by industry lobbyists.

EU parliamentarians, NGOs and diverse ministers have been viewing the secret proceedings with fear as it is not being discussed in public debate.