Most of the EU member states have signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, or ACTA, but opponents are urging citizens to lobby European Parliament members not to give their approval.
Two senators who strongly support intellectual property protections are concerned over that an anti-counterfeiting treaty under negotiation goes too far.
Officials use Washington event to allay concerns over new, multilateral anti-counterfeiting agreement that has privacy advocates and companies like Google concerned.
The European Parliament's trade committee rejects ACTA, saying the legislation is too vague, and its opinions carry a good deal of weight with the larger governing body.
Global Internet tax suggested by European network operators, who want Apple, Google, and other Web companies to pay to deliver content, is proposed for debate at a U.N. agency in December.
After warning Web blacklists would end the "viability of the Internet," the Internet Society hires the Hollywood figure who defends them and accuses critics of spreading "misinformation."
Lawyer says Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement is "something that has grown in the shadows, Gollum-like" and will affect Net users.
Secret negotiations over a once-obscure draft treaty called the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement prompted an unusual rebuke from the European Parliament.
After years of political skirmishing, a previously secret draft of digital copyright treaty has been made public. It encourages broadband providers to disable access to infringing Web sites.
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.