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IDEAS IN MOTION. ACTA BETWEEN THE LINES

POSSIBLE CONSEQUENCES FOR CARRIERS (I)

At the end of January 2011,Romania, with 15 of its MEPs, signed „Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement” (abbreviated ACTA). Our country is thus joining a group of countries in the world who are interested to fight the economic crisis by means of compliance with creative originality. The document of this agreement was sent to the European Parliament for ratification by the European Commission. Ratification, which would result in the EP plenary vote, was not yet achieved, and is in doubt until June-July 2012. We must say that it is not clear who sent the draft of this agreement to the European Commission, although the recent Wikileaks telegrams show that ACTA ideas have their origin in an US-Japanese agreement from 2006.

Currently, ACTA turn out to be in many ways, an agreement generating much discord. Many governors, legislators, professionals in IT and law, associations of Internet providers, NGOs and tens of thousands of young people, impelled by the mysterious group Anonymous, worldwide protest against ACTA, as we can see an attempt to introduce a control mechanism of Internet traffic data. In turn, internet service providers are being assigned monitoring tasks and increased supervisory powers and some will ask, rightly, unless they begin to lose the customers, inconvenienced by the intrusion of authorities into private business in the digital environment.