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[News] Obama's ACTA Secrecy Only the Beginning, Backlash Ensues

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New and worse secrecy and immunity claims from the Obama DOJ

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| When Congress immunized telecoms last August for their illegal participation 
| in Bush's warrantless eavesdropping program, Senate Democratic apologists for 
| telecom immunity repeatedly justified that action by pointing out that Bush 
| officials who broke the law were not immunized -- only the telecoms.  Here, 
| for instance, is how Sen.     


Gag to Internet: Digital rights and Internet rules & Co A real defense of the
user, without putting the gag on the free flow of information

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| As part of our campaign "Law Network", we have organized a conference for 
| April 23 in Rome, the Hall of Columns of the House of Representatives (from 
| 09:30 am to 05:00 pm).  
| The theme is broad: the aim is to analyze, with all the Stakeholders, the 
| most important current issues related to A proper and efficient development 
| of the digital market.  



Obama Administration Claims Copyright Treaty Involves State Secrets?!?

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| When the Obama administration took over, there was a public stance that this
| administration was going to be more transparent -- especially with regards to
| things like Freedom of Information Act requests. The nonprofit group
| Knowledge Ecology International took that to heart and filed an FOIA request
| to get more info on ACTA. The US Trade Representative's Office responded
| denying the request, saying that the information was "classified in the
| interest of national security pursuant to Executive Order 12958." This is a
| treaty about changing copyright law, not sending missiles somewhere. To claim
| that it's a national security matter is just downright scary. As KEI points
| out, the text of the documents requested have been available to tons of
| people, including more than 30 governments around the world and lobbyists
| from the entertainment industry, pharma industry and publishing industry.

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