This petition is to stop the Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).
The existence of ACTA would make:
* ISPs have to proactively police copyright on user-contributed material. *
Meaning sites like Youtube or Flickr would have to look through every piece of material uploaded in order to make sure that none violate copyright law. This would cause these sites to become impossible to run, as the amount of content being uploaded would take too much money to moniter.
* That ISPs have to cut off the Internet access of accused copyright infringers or face liability.*
This means that your entire family can lose internet if one person infringes copyright law. There does not need to be a trial or investigation, it is just shut off for everyone.
* That the whole world must adopt US-style "notice-and-takedown" rules that require ISPs to remove any material that is accused*
Meaning by simply accusing something of copyright infringement, something can be taken down without evidence or trial, it would create an incredibly easy way to censor the internet and those on it.
ACTA is a danger to the freedom of the internet, and we hope with this petition we can help to keep the internet free.