So, I’ve been holding off on saying anything about ACTA because there is so little known about it.
ACTA is a trade agreement, being negotiated between many countries, including the United States. It was only uncovered by Wikileaks and since then has grown in the public eye.
On the surface, ACTA, which stands for Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, seems to have a reasonable purpose in combating the sale of counterfeit goods. The reality is that it is much broader than that, and from the limited information on the net, seems to call for broad monitoring of the public’s Internet traffic in order to detect and defeat the copying of intellectual property on the web.
The main problem is that the treaty has been negotiated in secret, and the EFF has filed for a Freedom of Information request for more information.
Here is a video that attempts to explain it all:
And here is the wikipedia entry.
There is currently a petition to the EU to say “no” to ACTA here.
Now, ACTA is a proposed Treaty. My understanding is that any treaty has to be ratified to bind the US by a 2/3rds vote in the Senate. If we fail to stop ACTA in the EU, we must oppose it here in the Senate.
Meanwhile, we will continue to research ACTA and urge to you sign the petition, even if you are not in Europe, as it is a global issue which affects us all.