Leaked ACTA Draft Removes ISP Liability

A leaked draft of the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) has suggested that countries will not be able to hold Internet Service Providers (ISPs) liable for any copyright infringement undertaken by their customers.

The ACTA aims to establish international laws protecting intellectual property and copyrights across the globe.

According to the document, leaked by the Knowledge Ecology International, changes have been made to "Section 4 – Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights in the Digital Environment".

This suggests that partner countries will not be able to hold ISPs liable for the copyright infringement done by their customers.

The document also shows that countries may give enough power to regulatory authorities to force ISPs to provide the personal details on consumers suspected of online copyright infringement, however.

All countries are expected to set-up "remedies to prevent infringement and remedies which constitute a deterrent to further infringement" by keeping in mind the "freedom of expression, fair process and privacy" of users.