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Consumer groups around the world demand transparency on secret copyright treaty

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| Glyn sez, "The Anti Counterfeiting Trade Agreement [ed: a secret, non-UN 
| treaty that rich countries are cooking up that will criminalize copyright 
| infringement, sending non-commercial file-sharers to prison; authorize border 
| guards to search your hard-drive and personal electronics for copyright 
| infringements; and require governments to give media giants the power to 
| decide who should and shouldn't have Internet access, without having to prove 
| anything in a court of law] has been making its way in secret for some time, 
| a coalition of consumer groups have now demanded that the text of the 
| directive be made public..."        


South Africa Considers Potentially Requiring Patents On Publicly Funded

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| I missed this story from a few weeks ago, but one of our readers, going by 
| the name of bikey, alerts us to a proposal in South Africa, that would 
| potentially require patents on certain publicly funded research. While this 
| seems totally backwards for any number of reasons (and many of us believe 
| that publicly funded research should be available to the public since they 
| paid for it), apparently some are concerned that "foreign multinationals" 
| might "misappropriate" the research.      



TACD Fights ACTA on "IPRs"

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| One of the frustrating aspects about the Anti-Counterfeit Trade Agreement
| (ACTA) is that it is a cosy club of rich and powerful nations plus a few of
| their equally rich and powerful chums in select industry. Meanwhile, hoi
| polloi - that's you and me - don't get a look in, even though we are the most
| affected.


The ACTA draft treaty is covering patent infringement

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| Wikileaks has published some drafts of the secret ACTA treaty, which aims to
| give better guns to Patent Trolls. The draft mentions that it covers all the
| rights covered by TRIPS, so it will cover also patents.


Goodbye WIPO, Hello ACTA?

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| What is really remarkable about this is that Greve can even be asking WIPO to
| consider free software and open standards: a few years ago, such a thing
| would have amounted to blasphemy.
|  Sadly, there is another sign that WIPO is becoming more accommodating to the
|  ideas behind free software: the fact that there seems to be a move to come
|  up with an alternative forum for promoting intellectual monopolies where it
|  will not be so easy to participate.


New ACTA copyright treaty dodges the UN, poor countries and activists

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| Michael Geist sez, "The World Intellectual Property Organization may be best
| known for the Internet treaties that led to the DMCA, but in recent years
| groups like EFF, KEI, and Public Knowledge has helped to open things up and
| move toward a Development Agenda that better balances international
| intellectual property policy. That progress may be threatened by the
| Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, which officials now acknowledge is
| designed to exclude WIPO, developing countries, and NGOs."


Leaked ACTA Draft: More Power to the RIAA

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| A recent draft of the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement
| (ACTA) surfaced on Wikileaks this weekend. Among other things, the draft aims
| to strengthen the power and rights of the entertainment industry and other
| copyright holders, by letting them choose how they want to be compensated for
| copyright infringements.


Classified US, Japan and EU ACTA trade agreement drafts, 2009

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| The file presents US, Japan and EU drafts of the controversial international
| copyright and patent trade agreement, ACTA ("Anti-Counterfeiting Trade
| Agreement"). The documents were obtained by Wikileaks staff.

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