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[News] Mandy's Hollywood Reform for the Internet Comes Under Fire from Lords, ACTA Also

  • Subject: [News] Mandy's Hollywood Reform for the Internet Comes Under Fire from Lords, ACTA Also
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 03 Feb 2010 11:38:33 +0000
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Anti-Piracy Scheme âA Scam & Legal Blackmailâ Say UK Lords

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| Several UK Lords have criticized the 
| practices of law firms that send out 
| warning letters to alleged copyright 
| infringers demanding big payments. These 
| schemes have been labeled a scam, and the 
| lawyers operating them accused of 
| âharassment, bullying and intrusionâ and 
| âlegal blackmailâ in the House of Lords.


Geist: Three strikes and youâre out system draws cries of foul from governments

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| Canadian officials travel to Guadalajara, 
| Mexico this week to resume negotiations on 
| the still-secret Anti-Counterfeiting Trade 
| Agreement. The discussion is likely to 
| turn to the prospect of supporting three 
| strikes and youâre out systems that could 
| result in thousands of people losing 
| access to the Internet based on three 
| allegations of copyright infringement. 
| Leaked ACTA documents indicate that 
| encouraging the adoption of three-strikes 
| - often euphemistically described as 
| âgraduated responseâ for the way Internet 
| providers gradually send increasingly 
| threatening warnings to subscribers - has 
| been proposed for possible inclusion in 
| the treaty.


ACTA Talks in Mexico to Address Transparency Concerns

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| Secretive international talks about how to 
| curb counterfeiting and Internet piracy 
| are under way in Mexico this week. But 
| instead of focusing on the subject at 
| hand, negotiators will spend much of their 
| time discussing transparency, or rather 
| the lack of it in the whole process.


For the Love of Culture

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| Except of course for those with a devoted 
| heir, such as Grace Guggenheim. She was 
| not willing to accept defeat. Instead she 
| set herself the extraordinary task of 
| clearing all of the rights necessary to 
| permit her fatherâs films to be shown. 
| Eight years later, she is largely done. 
| About ten major works remain. Just last 
| year, her fatherâs most famous 
| documentary--Robert Kennedy Remembered, 
| made in 1968 in the two months between 
| Kennedyâs assassination and the Democratic 
| National Convention, and broadcast only 
| once--was cleared for DVD release through 
| the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center.



Blogging ACTA Across The Globe: FFII's Ante Wessels on Exporting Europe's Flaws

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| Every major country in the ACTA
| negotiations claims that its own laws will
| remain unchanged by the treaty. But without
| changing a word of domestic law, ACTA can
| still be dangerous to a country's â or a
| continent's â economy. This week at
| Deeplinks, we've asked guest bloggers from
| around the world to give their perspective
| on the trade agreement. Today, giving the
| view from the heart of the European Union,
| is Ante Wessels, analyst for the Foundation
| for a Free Information Infrastructure, a
| group best known for their work in Europe's
| debate over software patents.


ACTA Guide, Part Five: Speaking Out

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| The 7th round of ACTA negotiations will
| conclude around lunch time today in Mexico.
| If past meetings are any indication, a few
| hours later the participating countries
| will issue a bland statement thanking the
| host Mexican government, discussing the
| progress on civil enforcement, border
| measures, and the Internet as well as
| noting the transparency discussions and the
| continued desire to address the issue.  The
| release will then conclude by looking
| forward to the next meeting in Wellington,
| New Zealand in April.


ACTA Attacks Internet! Let's Attack ACTA!

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| Negotiations on the Anti-Counterfeiting
| Trade Agreement (ACTA)1 will take place
| from January 26th to January 29th in
| Mexico. ACTA aims at controlling the
| Internet, while conveniently circumventing
| democratic processes. Unelected negotiators
| - carrying out the orders of the
| entertainment industries - are attacking
| the very essence of the Internet. Let's
| attack ACTA! Let's expose its negotiators
| to make them face their responsibilities!


ACTA and three strikes

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| Luc Devigne for instance advocates for the
| French âthree strikesâ rule concerning
| ISPs. Such measures are not yet part of the
| acquis communautaire, in fact in the course
| of the Telecom package such measures were
| generally rejected, though the European
| Parliament could not overrule the French
| national decision to implement such
| measures (âHadopiâ). Sarkozyâs Hadopi rules
| are in troublesome constitutional waters,
| we will see.


Early Day Motion Calling for ACTA Transparency

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| Yesterday I was asking you to write to your
| MPs about the Digital Economy Bill. If you
| haven't already done that, perhaps you
| could tack on a request for them to support
| this Early Day Motion...


ACTA Guide, Part Three: Transparency and ACTA Secrecy

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| Part Three of the ACTA Guide (Part One on
| the agreement itself, Part Two on the
| official and leaked documents) focuses on
| the issue that has dogged the proposed
| agreement since it was first announced -
| the lack of transparency associated with
| the text and the talks.  As yesterday's
| public letter from NDP MP Charlie Angus and
| the UK cross-party motion highlight,
| elected officials around the world have
| latched onto the transparency issue and
| demanded that their governments open ACTA
| to public scrutiny.  Reviewing the ACTA
| transparency issue involves several
| elements: the public concern with ACTA
| secrecy, the source of the secrecy, and the
| analysis of whether ACTA secrecy is common
| when compared to other intellectual
| property agreements.



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| That this House is deeply concerned by the
| secrecy surrounding international
| negotiations on the Anti-Counterfeiting
| Trade Agreement (ACTA); notes that any
| agreement reached could affect the measures
| to protect copyright online currently being
| debated in the Digital Economy Bill;
| believes that if the companies affected by
| the agreement are party to the discussions
| and able to influence decisions,
| parliamentarians who represent the public
| and are responsible for legislation in
| these areas should also be kept up-to-date
| with developments and be able to contribute
| to the debate; seeks assurances from the
| Department for Business, Innovation and
| Skills that the provisions of the Digital
| Economy Bill will not be superseded by
| ACTA; and urges the Government to work to
| achieve release of details of the
| negotiations to hon. Members as soon as
| possible.


CTA: The new era of transparency

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| How is that possible? It cannot be found out
| because the mandate is not made public. Magic,
| it reminds me of the charlatans who say they
| live without food and water supply, and it is
| their personal secret what makes them survive.


Activist ejected from "public" meeting on secret copyright treaty for tweeting

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| The latest round of negotiations over the Anti
| Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA -- a
| secret treaty that contains provisions
| requiring nations to wiretap the Internet,
| force ISPs to spy on users, search laptops at
| the border, and disconnect whole households
| from the net on the basis of mere accusation
| of copyright infringement) is just kicking off
| in Mexico, and activists from around Mexico
| and the world have converged on the meeting to
| demand transparent, public negotiations of
| this critical treaty.


'Public' Consultation Over ACTA In Mexico Almost Required NDAs, Blogger Removed For Tweeting

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| The room, then, was mostly industry people,
| who were apparently concerned as to why
| everyday citizens were in attendance, and they
| even booed a lawyer who questioned the human
| rights angle. As for Geraldine, she tried
| twittering the event, and the industry folks
| demanded she leave (and had a guard escort her
| out). It's almost like they're trying to make
| themselves into a caricature of businesses
| plotting to harm the public.


Obama Names Craig Mundie to Sci-Tech Advisory Council


Joe Biden promises a blank check to the entertainment cartel

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| VP Joe Biden stood up in front of a bunch of Hollywood execs and promised to
| appoint a copyright czar, and furthermore, that this would be the "right"
| person to protect their interests. I would have voted Dem in the last
| election, if I got a vote, but make no mistakes: the Dems are the party of
| stupid copyright laws.

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