Internet Industry of Australia Approves of ACTA Draft

The Internet Industry of Australia (IIA) has given a nod approval to the recently released, near-final draft of the Anti-Counterfeit Trade Agreement (ACTA). The group representing ISPs in Australia praised much of what was missing from the document like the "three strikes rule," which would have required copyright infringers be barred from the internet after three infractions.

The IAA said that the new ACTA draft sets "a multi-country standard for copyright enforcement" while supporting "the right of digital content owners" to protect their intellectual property. Naturally, scrutiny from the parliament is a must before it is ratified by Australia.

"Subject to reviewing the final ACTA text, the IIA takes comfort from our initial reading that it will neither extend nor restrict the legal rights of users, ISPs, other intermediaries or content rights holders in Australia," IIA chief executive, Peter Coroneos, said in a statement.

"While we have previously voiced reservations about the lack of transparency of the ACTA process, the end result is consistent with assurances we obtained from Australia’s trade negotiators – that the treaty was not intended to extend Australia’s laws, nor to introduce a three strikes regime by treaty."

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