Antipiracy provision in treaty riles EU

EU's executive arm vows to make sure a global anti-counterfeiting treaty won't force countries to disconnect people for illegally downloading copyrighted content.

The European Commission has pledged to make sure a global treaty known as the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement will not force countries to disconnect people for unlawfully downloading copyrighted music, movies, and other material.

The statement from the office of trade commissioner Karel de Gucht is the strongest comment on the treaty since the reorganized European Commission emerged in February.

"We are not supporting and will not accept that an eventual...agreement creates an obligation to disconnect people from the Internet because of illegal downloads," John Clancy, de Gucht's spokesman, told ZDNet UK on Thursday.

Read more of "Europe 'will not accept' three strikes in Acta treaty" at ZDNet UK.

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