Just when you thought that SOPA was dead and gone, E.D. Kain of Forbes brings to attention ACTA -- the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement -- a piece of legislation with provisions as deleterious as anything we saw in SOPA. And get this: the legislation has already been signed and just needs Senate's ratification.
Worse, the agreement spans virtually all of the countries in the developed world, including all of the EU, the United States, Switzerland and Japan.
Many of these countries have already signed or ratified it, and the cogs are still turning. The treaty has been secretly negotiated behind the scenes, with unelected bureaucrats working closely with entertainment industry lobbyists to craft the provisions in the treaty. The Bush administration started the process, but the Obama administration has aggressively pursued it.
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