Los Angeles
– Despite earlier reports to the contrary, a leaked draft of the
Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) currently being negotiated behind
closed doors does not appear to contain a mandate that signatories establish
"three-strikes" penalties that would sever the Internet connections
of repeat file-swappers, Billboard and others reported.

Instead, the relevant
sections of the draft ACTA hew closely to current U.S. copyright law, specifically
the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

In particular, the ACTA includes provisions
that prohibit the circumvention of copyright control measures.

reporting on the ACTA indicated that it would include a
"three-strikes" provision — currently the law in France and several other nations, and under
discussion in the U.K.


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  1. Both Boing Boing and Techdirt have reported that the enforcement provisions suggest that “three strikes” would need to be adopted by an ISP to get the same coverage as the DMCA now. So in practice ACTA includes three strikes and you’re out. (We need to do this with photocooying too – three copies of unlicensed material and we take away the copier),