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 Friday, 12 February 2010
Secret deal aims to scuttle internet pirates

Persistent illegal downloaders face having their internet links disconnected under a secret trade deal being negotiated by developed nations this week, according to activists and industry groups.


Leaked drafts of the anti-counterfeiting trade agreement say the world’s biggest developed nations want internet service providers to be more responsible for the content they distribute – and even cut off repeat infringers of copyright legislation.


Analysts say the agreement, if ratified, would transform copyright law in the US and European Union. So-called “three strike” laws have been contentious in the US and EU, in spite of aggressive lobbying from copyright holders such as record companies and film studios for countries to adopt them in order to curb illegal downloading.


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