Europeans are now in a huge uproar due to the rise of a trade agreement that had never been heard of by the citizens, and now is in the brink of implementation.
Most of the members of European Union had already signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement but it’s the first time the citizens have heard of it.
However, that’s not the only thing that upsets the Europeans. There are many other reasons, but first, we should talk about what ACTA is.
What is ACTA?
ACTA is short for Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. It’s basically an international treaty with the aim of providing countries with the ability to combat copyright infringement or any other types of property theft.
The ultimate goal of the said trade agreement is so that countries will be able to cooperate more objectively.
Why are Europeans troubled about the trade agreement?
Perhaps the number one reason why Europeans are upset about the said trade agreement is that it was negotiated in secret.
It was basically unknown to both citizens as well as the whole EU Parliament up until the European Commission started to publicize the implementation, at which point it was in the brink of being signed into law.
At first glance, it seems that it’s the only reason why Europeans are upset, but there’s more to the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.
What does it mean to organizations?
While many citizens are upset about the trade agreement, the majority of them involves those who have connections with companies and other organizations.
This is because it’s found that there will be negative effects on several industries if such a trade agreement is to be approved.
What does ACTA provide copyright holders?
The government signed that the ACTA implications include providing copyright holders three abilities.
One is to provide copyright holders with a way to receive personal information about the suspected copyright infringers, with a warrant to pursue them.
This takes us to the second, where copyright holders are allowed to pursue the people suspected of copyright infringement, which may lead to further crime.
The third one is that copyright infringers from across borders will have their infringing content seized and confiscated.
However, what bothers the online gambling industry most is the fact that the copyright holders can demand that they receive a fee from suspects equal to the amount of the price of the content infringed.
For example, if a $15 piece of content is invaded, the copyright holder may request $15 and the suspect would be required to pay. If they are not able to do so, then other means of punishment will be carried out.
This means if an online gambling site takes even one wrong step, they may lose large sums of money, considering that even one piece of information costs a lot to the gamblers or their competitors looking to bankrupt them.
There are many ways copyright infringement can be avoided, which goes in the interest of both the copyright holder and the infringer, which is actually legally using the copyright content. With ACTA, such ways will be null and pointless.