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European ACTA Document Leaks With New Details on Mexico Talks and Future Meetings 

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| A brief report from the European Commission 
| authored by Pedro Velasco Martins (an EU 
| negotiator) on the most recent round of 
| ACTA negotiations in Guadalajara, Mexico 
| has leaked, providing new information on 
| the substance of the talks, how countries 
| are addressing the transparency concerns, 
| and plans for future negotiations.  The 
| document (cover page, document) notes that 
| the Mexico talks were a "long meeting with 
| detailed technical discussions, which 
| allowed progress, but parties not yet ready 
| for major concessions. Due to lack of time, 
| internet discussions could not be 
| concluded." 


FSF submits comment in USTR Special 301 Review

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| The Special 301 Review is a process that 
| the USTR undertakes every year to review 
| the enactment and enforcement of copyright, 
| patent, and trademark laws throughout the 
| world. The office then produces a report 
| placing countries on a Watch Listâor even a 
| Priority Watch Listâif the USTR feels the 
| laws and enforcement aren't forceful 
| enough.


PleaseRobMe website reveals dangers of social networks

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| The Dutch developers told BBC News the site was designed to prove a point about
| the dangers of sharing precise location information on the internet.




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| Welcome to the ACTA: END THE SECRECY
| Facebook group. This group is about getting
| the word out, getting organized and putting
| the heat on parliamentarians to stand up
| for domestic sovereignty.


Pressure mounts on EU to come clean on ACTA

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| Members of the European Parliament  are
| calling on the European Commission to stop
| keeping it in the dark, and  tell citizens
| what being negotiated in the ACTA (Anti-
| counterfeiting Trade Agreement).  In
| particular, they want to know about the
| measures in ACTA which threaten the
| Internet.


EU's Unconvincing ACTA Act

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| The EU has made an official statement
| [.pdf] on ACTA. As you might expect, it is
| as wriggly a wriggly thing as a wriggly
| thing can. Here it is, with a few
| annotations:
|     The Commission can inform the
|     Honourable Member that the Anti-
|     Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)
|     will be in line with the body of EU
|     legislation, which fully respects
|     fundamental rights and freedoms and
|     civil liberties, such as the protection
|     of personal data. This includes the
|     Intellectual Property Rights' relevant
|     aspects of the Telecoms package.
| As for being in line with "EU legislation",
| this already allows ACTA-like provisions,
| so that's cold comfort.


Let's Face Facts: ACTA Is Called An 'Executive Agreement' To Change The Law With Less Hassle Than A Treaty

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| When concern over ACTA secrecy started
| picking up a few months ago, one of the
| industry lobbyist talking points that
| floated out was "don't worry about ACTA,
| because it's not a 'treaty' but an
| 'executive agreement' and thus, it can't
| impact US law." An IP lawyer in our
| comments keeps making this point over and
| over again, and arguing that anyone who
| argues otherwise doesn't understand the
| Constitution. Of course, that's silly.
| [...]
| And... the next time your friendly industry
| lobbyist insists that ACTA is "not a
| treaty" so you have nothing to worry about,
| go ahead and explain why that's incorrect.


Quick: Time to Stop the SWIFT Agreement

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| The so-called SWIFT Agreement, where SWIFT
| refers to the âSociety for Worldwide
| Interbank Financial Telecommunicationâ, has
| close parallels with ACTA, about which I
| have written several times - not least the
| way it has gradually emerged from the
| shadows to be met by growing outrage from
| people who were kept in the dark about it.


[Legislative Scrutiny: Digital Economy Bill]

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| Translation: Writing a law that says 3
| strikes will be implemented without
| specifying how, why, where, when, by whom,
| under what authority and what kind of due
| process and pre-cutoff appeal mechanism
| will be provided is unacceptable.   The
| comittee also criticises the government
| over the notion that clause 17 would give a
| government minister the power to change
| copyright law when they felt like it
| without recourse to parliament.


Alvaro asks 9 questions to the Commission about ACTA, including
3 strikes and transparency

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| Alexander Alvaro (ALDE) has asked 9 questions
| about ACTA, including 3 strikes and
| transparency, or the access by the INTA
| committee to the drafts documents. He is also
| asking about changes to substantive patent
| law (read software patents here).


Tell USTR balanced copyright is important

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| Under the Special 301 process the U.S.T.R.
| seeks input from U.S. copyright, trademark,
| and patent owners about whether policies and
| practices in foreign countries deny them
| adequate IP protection. The process has
| generally been used by IP holders to complain
| not only about lax enforcement in other
| countries, but also about limitations and
| exceptions in their laws that are beneficial
| to libraries, to education, to innovation,
| and to the public interest generally. The
| ability to comment in the Special 301 process
| is not limited to IP owners only. Any member
| of the public is free to file comments. If
| you believe in the importance of balanced
| copyright policies, file comments with the
| USTR and make your voice heard.


USTR suggests fears over ACTA are based on âmisconceptionsâ

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| Documents leaked late last year containing
| sections of the draft agreement led to
| speculation that the treaty would focus
| more on copyright reform, in light of
| increased digitization, than on trademarks
| and the fight against counterfeiting (see
| âLeaks drive fears over ACTAâ).


Report: Three-Strikes On ACTA Agenda

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| Three-strikes style measures to tackle
| illegal file-sharing are being secretly
| discussed at the anti-counterfeiting trade
| agreement (ACTA) talks in Mexico.


USTR Insists Gov't Isn't Keeping ACTA Secret

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| Okay. Pick your jaws up off the floor. That
| last sentence is so ridiculous and so
| false; it's amazing he thought that he
| could get away with it. Exactly which
| governments have "sought public comments"
| on ACTA? The answer? None. Why? Because no
| government has yet revealed what ACTA is
| officially. Hell, in the most recent ACTA
| negotiations, held in Mexico, the
| government wanted to force the public to
| sign NDAs just to attend a public meeting,
| and then had industry representatives
| mocking public concerns and demanding that
| a blogger leave the proceedings for live
| Tweeting the meetings. Yes, "sought public
| comments" indeed. Does he think that if he
| says day is night people just believe him?
| And the idea that the government is "far
| from keeping [ACTA] secret" is pure
| hogwash. A comparison of ACTA secrecy to
| similar negotiations suggest that ACTA is
| being kept exceptionally secret.


Only Idiots Assume by Liam Mullone and Hils Barker


Digital Economy Bill bill could 'breach rights'

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| An influential group of MPs and peers has
| said the government's approach to illegal
| file-sharing could breach the rights of
| internet users.


UGA employee accused of extortion

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| A UGA employee is accused of trying to bilk
| money from students in exchange for
| covering up alleged computer violations,
| according to university police.


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

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