Does ACTA Kill Online Anonymity?
from the it-might... dept
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. Once again, this appears to be contrary to US law. The RIAA made this argument in the US years ago, and Verizon fought back and (eventually) won, as judges noted that ISPs did not just have to hand over information without a lawsuit being filed and an official subpoena issued. So much for ACTA not changing US law, right?
But, an even bigger concern may be how other countries implement this as well. We've already noted that China will likely use ACTA as justification for greater censorship, but Moshirnia points out that authoritarian regimes may start (ab)using it to unveil anonymous internet users as well:
Let's say I am an oppressive regime. One of the very few ways my citizens can reach me is by videotaping and publicizing my brutal methods of silencing protesters (warning, disturbing link). Now, not only can I use bogus takedown requests to pull down those videos (think a global DMCA) but I can also get the private information of the poster.So why is anyone supporting ACTA again?