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[News] Intellectual Monopoly Thugs Sign Secret Agreement to Criminalise 'the Little Guy'

  • Subject: [News] Intellectual Monopoly Thugs Sign Secret Agreement to Criminalise 'the Little Guy'
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 23 Sep 2009 16:37:06 +0100
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Secret criminal measures in EU - South Korea trade agreement

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| The EU and South Korea plan to initial a Free Trade Agreement 
| in October. The trade agreement includes civil, border and 
| criminal measures on the enforcement of copyright, trade mark 
| rights, patents and other exclusive rights. The text of the 
| agreement is secret.
| In the Netherlands, Vrijschrift.org last week asked the 
| parliamentary Commission on Subsidiarity to investigate the EU 
| - South Korea trade agreement. In 2006, this commission gained 
| fame with its negative advice on the EU Criminal measures 
| intellectual property directive proposal (IPRED2). 
| Subsequently, both chambers of Dutch parliament agreed with 
| the advice unanimously, and sent a letter to then EU 
| Commissioner Frattini, with translated copies to the other 
| national parliaments of the EU. IPRED 2 is now permanently 
| stuck in the EU Council.



Unconstitutional aspects of ACTA

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| The controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement exceeds the European
| Union competence. National Constitutional Courts may invalidate aspects of


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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