Briefing on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement We believe that ACTA pays insufficient attention to the interests of citizens and consumers and in doing so undermines the Internet as a tool for the promotion of freedom of expression and innovation.

For example, it promotes and incentivises the private 'policing' of online content through broad thresholds for its criminal measures. It exacerbates such problems by failing to provide adequate and robust safeguards for fundamental freedoms. ACTA may not be directly or explicitly aimed at our 'everyday use' of the Internet. But this is a target it will likely hit. Its provisions amount to a framework that encourages signatories to give away power over what happens online far too cheaply.

Similar problems afflict current EU laws on IP enforcement. With these laws under review, it is unwise to...

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