"The European Commission has pledged to make sure the Acta
global treaty will not force countries to disconnect people for
unlawfully downloading copyrighted music, movies and other
"The assurance from the office of the trade commissioner, Karel
De Gucht (pictured), is the strongest statement on Acta (the
Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) to emerge from the new
Commission since it took office earlier in February.
""We are not supporting and will not accept that an eventual
Acta 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."
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