On the last weekend, as the world breathed relieved after the filing of SOPA , a group of countries including the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia and New Zealand signed the ACTA. The package also provides for stricter laws for the protection of copyright and fighting piracy is less comprehensive than the American law, but also incisive. Taking only the side of the holders and content creators, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (Agreement on Trade Anti-Piracy) stipulates that the signatory countries to create national laws more stringent, to ensure the removal of illegal Internet content. For this, the users' privacy can be invaded and the offender may become obligated to refund portions of profit, and receive fines and legal penalties.
ACTA also increases the severity of crimes such as recording images from the movie screen or the breaking of DRM mechanisms that ensure the legitimacy of the content carried by users. Surveillance in the physical distribution of pirated content would also be intensified.
For the U.S. president, Barack Obama, ACTA is a national security secret. This explains why the project was - and still running - in secret, with parts of your text being released through leaks on the internet. According to experts, the deal can be pushed to the poorest countries in exchange for trade advantages.