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The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was debated at Google's Washington DC office.  The YouTube video is 90 minutes long, & presents the arguments of both sides.

I discovered this over at BoingBoing where it was posted by Cory Doctorow, the science fiction writer who used to work for EFF.

This was posted on the sidebar of the YouTube page this came from:

The U.S. and other countries have been negotiating the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, known as ACTA, for the last two years. A number of consumer advocates and technology companies, including Google, have raised serious concerns about ACTA's potential reach and the impact it could have on Internet users' rights and innovation.

The panel tackles important questions like: Will ACTA preserve the existing balance in intellectual property laws, providing not just enforcement for copyright holders but also appropriate exceptions for technology creators and users? Will it undermine the legal safe harbors that have allowed virtually every Internet service to come into existence? And will it encourage governments to endorse "three strikes" penalties that would take away a user's access to the Internet?

The talk was moderated by Washington Post Consumer Technology Columnist Rob Pegoraro.

Originally posted to Friendlystranger on Sat Jan 16, 2010 at 07:49 AM PST.

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