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    TechDirt: Does ACTA Kill Online Anonymity?

    TechDirt reports on the ongoing international negotiations to change the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and how the changes may affect individual privacy:

    With the full draft of ACTA leaked, lots of people have been highlighting the various lowlights found in the draft. Andrew Moshirnia, over at the Citizen Media Law Project, has picked up on another one. If you read the draft, it appears to remove due process in revealing anonymous users. While other countries have viewed anonymity differently, in the US, at least, the courts have been very strong defenders of the right to anonymous speech. But the ACTA draft includes this fun tidbit:

    Each Party shall enable right holders, who have given effective notification to an online service provider of materials that they claim with valid reasons to be infringing their copyright or related rights, to expeditiously obtain from that provider information on the identity of the relevant subscriber.

    In other words, as long as someone makes a copyright claim — bogus or not — ISPs should be required to give up who the user is.

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