The US government is not happy about ACTA, and is already taking steps to introduce what it really wants by another back door. In a document leaked today by the European Digital Rights group (EDRi), a new plan for intellectual property enforcement is revealed. Where ACTA was vague, the new plan is explicit.
The new G8 plan for IP enforcement includes the extended shopping list of Internet blocking measures, via payment providers, advertisers and search engines as well as individual websites. According to EDRi, the proposal may have been prepared by law enforcement working groups.
Interestingly, the G8 proposal introduces some new language. It never mentions the Internet. Instead it talks about ‘voluntary best practices’ and ‘protecting the global supply chain’. Its overt focus is on counterfeit medicines and online pharmacies. But the generality of the language implies a wider application.
The G8 enforcement proposal appears in a plain paper document headed ‘Non-paper on Intellectual property rights protection’. It has three sub-headings, which include ‘G8 inititiative to support voluntary best practices for securing global supply chains’. The components of the supply chains are named as ‘shippers, payment processors, ad brokers, advertisers, and similar stakeholders’.
Note the deliberate avoidance of the word ‘Internet service provider’. However, in the world of e-commerce, the ISP is implied.
It’s also notable that the proposed G8 IP enforcement measures mirror those in the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP ACT. The language of ‘voluntary best practice’ has also been taken from United States government policy documents. It is certainly quite unlike any language so far seen in European Union policy documents.
Behind the G8 proposal lies a concern among ACTA’s proponents - the US and its industries - that ACTA may be stalled in the EU and that without EU support it will be of less use.
Thus, it can be inferred that this new G8 proposal has its origins within the United States government, and that the G8 is a funnel to impose American policies, notably that SOPA and PIPA measures - onto the rest of the world (as noted also by EDRi). And they are using a very wide open back door.
It is a signal that that the fall of ACTA (if it happens) will not be the end of the entertainment industries’ attack on the Internet. No, instead it will bring on the next stage of their campaign for even more stringent measures.
Read the G8 proposal : Non-Paper On Intellectual Property Rights Protection
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