[cnet] Google attorney slams ACTA copyright treaty

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An attorney for Google slammed a controversial intellectual property treaty on Friday, saying it has « metastasized » from a proposal to address border security and counterfeit goods to an international legal framework sweeping in copyright and the Internet.

The international adoption of ACTA could increase the liability for Internet intermediaries–such, perhaps, as search engines–Keller said. « You don’t want to play Russian roulette with very high statutory damages. »

« It looks a lot like cultural imperialism, » Keller said at the Legal Frontiers in Digital Media conference. « It’s something that really snuck up on a lot of people. »