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[News] The ACTA Conspirators Lie About it Having to do with National Security

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White House: ACTA still âsecret in the interest of national defense or foreign

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| On Thursday, July 30, 2009, the White House office of the United States Trade 
| Representative denied release of 4 new proposals for text that were 
| circulated in July to âall countriesâ in the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade 
| Agreement (ACTA) negotiations. The request was limited to documents that were 
| prepared in the past 90 days for purpose of discussion at the July 2009 ACTA 
| negotiating meeting held in Morocco.     


The Basis for Micropatronage

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| The idea that a publication retains value that creates an obligation upon the 
| recipient to repay is an epiphenomenon of copyright. This is the peculiar 
| idea that the maker or recipient of a copy of a published work extracts value 
| from it which must be repaid to its copyright holder (or million dollar fines 
| are liable).    



EFF sues Obama administration for promised access to secret copyright treaty

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| Rebecca from the Electronic Frontier Foundation sez, "The U.S. government is
| still blocking the release of information about a secret intellectual
| property trade agreement with broad implications for privacy and innovation
| around the world, despite the Obama administration's promises to run a more
| open government. The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) could
| establish far-reaching customs regulations over Internet traffic in the guise
| of anti-counterfeiting measures, but no one knows for sure the state of this
| pact, as the government is hiding the details. EFF is calling on the feds to
| change their minds, and will keep fighting this in court."


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.


Call the Obama administration and ask for your copy of ACTA now!

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| The Obama administration wants to be called about the status of negotiations
| of ACTA. Call the Obama administration and ask for your copy of ACTA now!

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