Feeds

ACTA draft falls from skies

This one looks final

Security for virtualized datacentres

The EU has published a final draft of the international counterfeiting treaty on behalf of the WTO. The process has been underway since 2007, and this version will become final, pending legal review.

It's principally aimed at commercial pirates and traders who counterfeit fashion goods and DVDs on an industrial scale - a formidable black economy that's sometimes indistinguishable from organised crime. And what gangster wouldn't want this in their 'portfolio'? Fake perfume smells a lot nicer than the waste disposal business.

ACTA also strays into trademarks and internet policy. The Union was an observer in the proceedings, and doesn't expect to do much with it.

"ACTA will not change the body of EU law as it is already considerably more advanced than the current international standards," it said last month (pdf), citing a bunch of legislation including the Commerce Directive the Copyright Directive, and IPR regulations and directives. Nation states such as the UK and France are even further down the line.

Australia confirmed it had no need to change its law, either, welcoming the clarifying of language to target "commercial scale" counterfeiting operations.

Over the past year ACTA has provoked much bin-shouting on the interwebs - based on a fairly simple misunderstanding of what it is. Unlike most of the WTO's agreements which are multilateral and therefore binding, ACTA is plurilateral, and voluntary. That hasn't stopped bloggers bloviating about dark conspiracies.

But then that's activist copyright bloggers for you. They seem to need to live in a perpetual state of persecution, and if something to persecute them doesn't exist, they'll just make it up. ®

Reducing the cost and complexity of web vulnerability management

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!
Redmond sporran metrics get one in the ten ring
Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE
Bad news for tech-addicted fanbois behind the wheel
Murdoch to Europe: Inflict MORE PAIN on Google, please
'Platform for piracy' must be punished, or it'll kill us in FIVE YEARS
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Found inside ISIS terror chap's laptop: CELINE DION tunes
REPORT: Stash of terrorist material found in Syria Dell box
Sony says year's losses will be FOUR TIMES DEEPER than thought
Losses of more than $2 BILLION loom over troubled Japanese corp
Show us your Five-Eyes SECRETS says Privacy International
Refusal to disclose GCHQ canteen menus and prices triggers Euro Human Rights Court action
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL
Discussing the vulnerabilities inherent in Wi-Fi networks, and how using TLS/SSL for your entire site will assure security.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.