ACTA in a nutshell

By | January 28, 2012
I've seen a few great posts on ACTA, and a lot of half-informed ones. So here's my attempt to collect the better posts together to explain what ACTA is, what the current status is, why you should care, and what the next steps are.

For German-speakers, one of the nicest and most accessible summaries I've seen so far is here:
http://netzpolitik.org/2012/ein-kleiner-einstieg-in-acta/

What does ACTA enable?
Avaaz has a nice short text introducing ACTA: http://www.avaaz.org/en/eu_save_the_internet/
ACTA – a global treaty – could allow corporations to censor the Internet. Negotiated in secret by a small number of rich countries and corporate powers, it would set up a shadowy new anti-counterfeiting body to allow private interests to police everything that we do online and impose massive penalties — even prison sentences — against people they say have harmed their business.

If that teaser awakens you enough to find out more about ACTA, here are some pages that contain more information on what exactly ACTA sets out to to, and what it doesn't:
http://www.laquadrature.net/en/acta-updated-analysis-of-the-final-version
http://www.reddit.com/r/politics/comments/or8ag/ive_read_the_final_version_of_acta_heres_what_you/
http://ec.europa.eu/trade/creating-opportunities/trade-topics/intellectual-property/anti-counterfeiting/
http://klawtext.blogspot.com/2012/01/verfolgung-von-urheberrechtsverletzung.html

Who has signed ACTA?
Australia, Canada, 22 of 27 countries in the European Union (for fellow Germans: Germany is not one of them), Japan, Korea, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, and the United States.

The significance of Arif stepping down
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20120126/11014317553/european-parliament-official-charge-acta-quits-denounces-masquerade-behind-acta.shtml

What are the next steps?
La Quadrature has a good outline on how you can help (in the EU).
http://www.laquadrature.net/wiki/How_to_act_against_ACTA

I remember seeing a blog post this morning from a EU lady member who explained (on Reddit) what the next steps ACTA needs to get through are, but can't find it anymore. If anyone knows where this post is, please let me know! :(

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