However, just as drafting of the bill has been postponed, the EU and twenty-two member states have signed the ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) Treaty. Other signatories include the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Morocco and New Zealand.
What is ACTA?
ACTA is designed to protect intellectual property, and will also cover internet piracy. ACTA proposes that the responsibility of policing users should lie with ISPs.
ACTA still has to be ratified, but as Clay Shirky states: ‘it’s not over yet.’