Draft copyright treaty has Australian web industry worried

A draft global copyright treaty released today could change the way Australian internet providers deal with pirates on their networks.The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) draft, which took over two years of negotiation, has sparked fears of exposure to legal action in the internet industry.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/04/22/2880462.htmAlso se:Latest copyright protection draft soft on piracy
Internet providers can expect to be spared tougher online copyright laws if Australia agrees to the current draft of a new multi-lateral agreement on protecting intellectual property.A draft form of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) released by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) last night – which contains evidence of discord among potential signatories – would not push Australian online anti-piracy laws into new territory.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/australian-it/latest-copyright-protection-draft-soft-on-piracy/story-e6frgakx-1225857096598ACTA to spur online content deals
With the shadow of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) hanging over the local Internet industry, now is the time for ISPs to strike commercial agreements with content providers, rendering the anti-piracy treaty superfluous, Professor of Law and Director of the UTS Communications Law Centre, Michael Fraser, has argued. Speaking to Computerworld Australia Fraser said both ISPs and content providers were increasingly realising that a commercial, rather than legal, resolution to the issue of piracy online was preferable.”The best approach to these issues… is to do a commercial deal and bring the ISPs into the value chain,” he said. “Rather than litigate [content providers] should include ISPs in the supply chain and ensure they get a fair part of the reward and allow access to content via the ISPs.”
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/344210/acta_spur_online_content_deals/us: Kirk Stresses Commitment To Curbing Piracy
U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk disappointed some at the Consumer Electronics Association dinner Wednesday night by failing to discuss the draft Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement released the same day, which has come under fire by some consumer advocates for failing to shut the door on harsh punishments for copyright infringers.

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