“The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is on a fast-track process as rich nations hope to wrap it up by the end of the year. Unfortunately for everyone who cares about the outcome, it’s midway through September, and no draft text has yet emerged,” Ars Technica reports.
“The secrecy and the delay have inspired many conspiracy theories, none helped by leaked sets of corporate “wish lists” and public comments making outrageous demands.”
Internet Service Provider’s in the UK are reportedly in talks with music labels in order to police file-sharing activity on the part of their users.
ISP’s have so far resisted labels in their attempt to force them to police the way their networks are used, but a recent UK government threat to force a “three strikes and out” approach as seen in France has caused ISP’s to reluctantly enter talks, as civil liberties arguments now clearly lack the weight of the rights of copyright owners in Britain today. “The British government just put a gun to our head,” one top-level executive said.
“All of the ISPs are at the table meeting with the rights holders,” a source said. Participating ISPs include Tiscali, Carphone Warehouse, Virgin, and BT.