A protester wearing a Guy Fawkes mask attends a demonstration against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) in Prague, February 2 2012.
Parliament in the Czech Republic may have shelved the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) until public outrage cools, but it has reignited a smouldering dispute between Czech media companies and file-sharing Web businesses.
With 31 signatories, including the European Union and 22 of its member states, ACTA seeks to set international standards for the protection of intellectual property rights on everything from movies to medicine. While Czech copyright experts say the treaty itself would have little impact on domestic law, they say the reopening of the discussion on intellectual property has been the catalyst for increased pressure from copyright holders to tighten restrictions.
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