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[News] More Details Surface Regarding Real ACTA Conspiracy

  • Subject: [News] More Details Surface Regarding Real ACTA Conspiracy
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 22 Nov 2009 23:24:25 +0000
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Will secret copyright treaty restrict your digital rights?

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| Most Americans expect that their laws are 
| only passed after some period of public 
| debate between Republicans and Democrats or 
| their news-channel proxies. However, the 
| Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) 
| may be an exception to this rule, and if it 
| is signed, many United States laws 
| concerning the Internet and ownership of 
| data may become substantively different.


No, ACTA Secrecy Is Not 'Normal' -- Nor Is It A 'Distraction'

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| Over the last few weeks people who are 
| actually concerned about individual rights 
| have done a decent job sounding the alarm 
| about the problems with what little we've 
| seen of the ACTA negotiations. In the last 
| week or so, those who work for the 
| entertainment industry have suddenly started 
| scrambling to respond, after realizing that 
| more and more people are starting to pay 
| attention and to worry about ACTA. However, 
| it's been pretty funny to watch the 
| desperate attempts by industry lawyers to 
| try to paint this all as much ado about 
| nothing (with gratuitous swipes at those of 
| us who have called attention to what's going 
| on). 


Stopping the ACTA Juggernaut

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| The ACTA juggernaut continues to roll ahead, 
| despite public indignation about an 
| agreement supposedly about counterfeiting 
| that has turned into a regime for global 
| Internet regulation. The Office of the 
| United States Trade Representative (USTR) 
| has already announced that the next round of 
| Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) 
| negotiations will take place in January â 
| with the aim of concluding the deal "as soon 
| as possible in 2010."
| For the rest of us, with access to only 
| leaks and whispers of what ACTA is about, 
| there are many troubling questions. How can 
| such a radical proposal legally be kept so 
| secret from the millions of Net users and 
| companies whose rights and freedoms stand to 
| be affected? Who decides what becomes the 
| law of the land and by what influence? Where 
| is the public oversight for an agreement 
| that would set the legal rules for the 
| knowledge economy? And what can be done to 
| fix this runaway process?


USA Treaty Priorities?

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| Maybe the only explanation for the US being 
| the last holdout from this worthy sounding 
| treaty that even Somalia will ratify is that 
| it is just too busy protecting the obsolete 
| business models of the RIAA and MPAA through 
| the secret ACTA treaty process and doesn't 
| have enough time or resources to worry about 
| lesser priorities, such as protecting 
| children.



Question on ACTA and the Telecoms Package

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| Here is a draft for the question:
|     In the recently concluded conciliation
|     on the Telecoms Package, it was decided
|     that no measures restricting end-usersâ
|     access to the internet may be taken
|     unless they are appropriate,
|     proportionate and necessary within a
|     democratic society, and never without a
|     prior fair and impartial procedure that
|     includes the right to be heard and
|     respects the of presumption of innocence
|     and the right to privacy.
|     Are the proposals currently being
|     discussed in the Anti-Counterfeiting
|     Trade Agreement (ACTA) negotiations
|     fully in line with the provisions that
|     were agreed in the conciliation on the
|     Telecoms Package? If not, when and how
|     will the Commission redress any
|     incompatibilities of the ACTA?


Positive outcome reached at WIPO Advisory Committee on Enforcement
while ACTA looms in the East

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| The three day meeting of the WIPO ACE
| concluded on a positive note with the
| Committee requesting the WIPO Secretariat
| to ramp up its work on undertaking an "an
| empirical assessment of the nature and
| extent of intellectual infringements" given
| the paucity of reliable data detailing the
| value of "international trade in IPRs-
| infringing goods".


NZ should not sign international piracy agreement

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| This comment comes after the anti-
| counterfeiting trade agreement (ACTA)
| returned to the drawing board last week in
| Seoul, to further discuss how to implement
| and police global copyright and counterfeit
| matters, and to sign an international
| treaty.


Copyright Treaty Is Policy Laundering at Its Finest

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| The blogosphere is abuzz over an apparently
| leaked document showing the United States
| trying to push its controversial DMCA-style
| notice-and-takedown process on the world. But
| since Threat Level already lives in the land
| of the DMCA, or Digital Millennium Copyright
| Act, weâre more bothered by the fact that the
| U.S. proposal goes far beyond that 1998 law,
| and would require Congress to alter the DMCA
| in a manner even more hostile to consumers.
| At issue is the internet section of the Anti-
| Counterfeiting Trade Agreement being
| developed under a cloak of secrecy by dozens
| of countries. The leaked document is a three-
| page European Commission memo written by an
| unnamed EU official, which purports to
| summarizes a private briefing given in
| September by U.S. trade officials.


The ACTA Internet provisions: DMCA goes worldwide

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| New details about the Internet section of the
| Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)
| have leaked, and critics are already claiming
| that they mandate "three strikes" policies
| and will put an end to Flickr and YouTube.
| The reality is less sensational but just as
| important: ACTA is really about taking the
| DMCA global.


Europe only goes half-way in protecting Internet rights.

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| "Despite its lack of clarity and ambition,
| this text does provide legal ammunition to
| continue the fight against restrictions of
| Internet access. The agreed text does not
| meet the challenge of clearly preserving a
| fundamental right of access to the Net.
| Threats to Internet Freedom still loom, with
| the intense lobbying of the entertainment
| industries to push the ACTA treaty, which
| endangers Net neutrality and seeks to impose
| the liability of the technical
| intermediaries." concludes JÃrÃmie
| Zimmemrmann, co-founder of the citizen
| advocacy group La Quadrature du Net.


No ACTA from the Swedish Presidency for me

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| The General Secretariat has weighed my
| âinterest in being informed of progress in
| this area against the general interest that
| progress be made in an area that is still
| the subject of negotiationsââ âAs there is
| no evidence suggesting an overriding public
| interest to warrant disclosure of the
| document in question, the General
| Secretariat has concluded that protection
| of the decision-making process outweighs
| the public interest in disclosure.â


WIPO Boss: ACTA Should be Open, Transparent

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| If even the head of WIPO is saying ACTA
| needs to be drawn up as part of an open,
| transparent process, isn't it time for the
| relevant governments to listen?


More ACTA Details Leak: It's An Entertainment Industry Wishlist

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| The latest round of "negotiations" over the
| ACTA treaty continue in secret due to as yet
| unexplained national security reasons
| (despite the fact that the entertainment
| industry lobbyists have had full access to
| the document) are kicking off in Korea. Once
| again is becoming clear that the claims by
| US trade reps that ACTA did not represent
| any kind of major change in copyright law,
| and thus didn't require public scrutiny, are
| nothing more than a myth. Despite ridiculous
| efforts to keep the document secret (some
| countries were given only physical,
| watermarked, copies of the latest drafts),
| some of the details are leaking out and it's
| not pretty at all.
| The plan is modeled on the ridiculously
| misnamed "free trade agreement" between the
| US and South Korea from a few years back.
| It's misnamed because it wasn't about free
| trade at all, but massive protectionism for
| the American entertainment industry.


The ACTA Internet Chapter: Putting the Pieces Together

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| The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement
| negotations continue in a few hours as
| Seoul, Korea plays host to the latest round
| of talks.  The governments have posted the
| meeting agenda, which unsurprisingly focuses
| on the issue of Internet enforcement [UPDATE
| 11/4: Post on discussions for day two of
| ACTA talks, including the criminal
| enforcement provisions].  The United States
| has drafted the chapter under enormous
| secrecy, with selected groups granted access
| under strict non-disclosure agreements and
| other countries (including Canada) given
| physical, watermarked copies designed to
| guard against leaks.


Leaked ACTA Internet Provisions: Three Strikes and a Global DMCA

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| Negotiations on the highly controversial
| Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement start in
| a few hours in Seoul, South Korea. This
| weekâs closed negotiations will focus on
| âenforcement in the digital environment.â
| Negotiators will be discussing the Internet
| provisions drafted by the US government. No
| text has been officially released but as
| Professor Michael Geist and IDG are
| reporting, leaks have surfaced. The leaks
| confirm everything that we feared about the
| secret ACTA negotiations. The Internet
| provisions have nothing to do with
| addressing counterfeit products, but are all
| about imposing a set of copyright industry
| demands on the global Internet, including
| obligations on ISPs to adopt Three Strikes
| Internet disconnection policies, and a
| global expansion of DMCA-style TPM laws.

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