The draft of ACTA released

The draft of the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) has been released on Internet for the first time on Wednesday.

The released draft copy of the ACTA shows no signs of “three-strike” ban for online copyright violators.

The aim of ACTA is to set up an international framework that will allow countries to effectively fight back the proliferation of counterfeiting and piracy.

There should be a balance between assuring individual music downloaders that they will not barred from accessing broadband, providing ISPs with ways to avoid liability while still ensuring the goal of protecting the products and ideas of intellectual property owners, and reducing counterfeiting and illegal file-sharing.

The released draft was approved by all participants at the latest round of negotiations that held on past Friday in Wellington, New Zealand. The latest round was attended by Canada, Australia, the EU, Spain and EU Member States, Morocco, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Singapore, Switzerland and the US.

Entertainment industry has welcomed the draft, saying it would be an important step to protect the film industry from Internet piracy, which is the fastest growing threat to the copyright industries.