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[News] ACTA Intellectual Monopolies Conspiracy Embargoes Users Like USPTO/ITC

  • Subject: [News] ACTA Intellectual Monopolies Conspiracy Embargoes Users Like USPTO/ITC
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 22 Feb 2010 03:28:08 +0000
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Leaked ACTA Draft Treaty Reveals Plans for Net Clampdown

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| In a separate leak that first appeared on 
| blogs last week, the European Commission 
| updated members of the European Parliament 
| on the most recent face-to-face meeting 
| between the signatory countries, which took 
| place in Mexico at the end of last month.
| According to that leak, the Internet chapter 
| of the treaty was discussed, but no changes 
| to the position suggested by the U.S. last 
| fall were agreed.
| "The internet chapter was discussed for the 
| first time on the basis of comments provided 
| by most parties to US proposal. The second 
| half of the text (technological protection 
| measures) was not discussed due to lack of 
| time," the memo said, adding:
| "Discussions still focus on clarification of 
| different technical concepts, therefore, 
| there was not much progress in terms of 
| common text. The U.S. and the E.U. agreed to 
| make presentations of their own systems at 
| the next round, to clarify issues."


ITC Becomes Battleground in Nokia-Apple Patent Dispute

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| The United States International Trade 
| Commission (ITC) has agreed to investigate 
| Apple's patent claims against Nokia, after 
| already agreeing last month to do the same 
| for Nokia's patent claims against Apple. 
| With dueling lawsuits pending in federal 
| court over the patent disputes, the ITC has 
| become the battlefield du jour.


USPTO's 1-Click Indecisiveness Enters 5th Year



The Real Purpose of ACTA

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| So it is obvious that whatever ACTA is, it
| isnât a trade agreement. I came to this
| conclusion before Christmas 2009, but didnât
| publish anything at the time, because I had no
| conclusive proof that it wasnât a trade
| agreement. Itâs obvious that something was
| being negotiated, but what?
| The situation reminded me of the World War 2
| Allied deception plans that were put in place
| to fool the Germans into thinking that the
| invasion of Europe would be anywhere other
| than Normandy.
| So if ACTA is a deception plan, what is it
| hiding?
| [...]
| The main points I got from her recording were:
|    1. ACTA would not require any changes to IP
|    laws. Note that this is impossible if the
|    Treaty actually had anything to do with IP,
|    but he was adamant on this point.
|    2. He kept mentioning Prince William. He
|    seemed to thing that Prince William would
|    become King of the United States, as well
|    as England, Canada, Australia, and Mexico.
|    3. He was under the impression that no one
|    would accept Prince Charles as King, due to
|    his marriage to a divorced woman, an
|    exceptionally archaic viewpoint as far as I
|    am concerned.
|    4. He then confirmed that ACTA would
|    require changes to laws. When she
|    questioned him on this, as he had said
|    earlier that it wouldnât require changes,
|    he said âI said it wouldnât require changes
|    to IP laws, I didnât say it wouldnât
|    require changes to other lawsâ.
|    5. He then proceeded to mumble about how
|    paranoid the Americans were, and how wrong
|    they were about the âNew World Order.â


Time To Change (Or Ditch) The USTR Special 301 Process That Pressures Other Countries To Adapt US IP Laws

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| In the meantime, EFF and Public Knowledge have
| teamed up to ask the USTR to change the
| process and, at the very least, stop taking
| the word of industry lobbyists as if it were
| gospel. They also suggested that the USTR be
| more flexible in allowing countries to set
| their own IP policy -- noting, amusingly, that
| the US itself famously didn't implement its
| "international obligations" in the Berne
| Treaty for decades, because the country felt
| differently about certain aspects of copyright
| law. Hell, even today we're not in full
| compliance with Berne. But for some reason the
| USTR acts as if other countries need to fall
| in line with US IP policy, even as we've
| chosen to go in a different direction when we
| felt it was warranted.


Illicit File-Sharing and Streaming of TV Shows Increases

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| A new report by a consultancy firm
| specializing in analyzing consumer consumption
| of digital media reveals that during the last
| quarter of 2009, increasing numbers of Swedes
| accessed unauthorized movies and TV shows
| online. The research indicates that the
| downward trend provoked by the introduction of
| the IPRED legislation is over.


Infographic: buying DVDs vs pirating them

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| I rip all my kid's DVDs (not least because she
| has a tendency to scratch them to hell), and
| the difference between firing up a movie on a
| laptop and it just starting versus trying to
| explain to a toddler why Daddy has to spend
| five minutes pressing next-next-next menu-
| menu-menu is enormous.


Book Publishers Circulating 'Talking Points' To Counter Arguments That Ebook Prices Need To Go Lower

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| For a while now, we've been discussing how the
| pricing on ebooks doesn't make much sense, and
| almost certainly needs to fall. Like many
| industries, the book business could learn a
| lot from other businesses that have realized
| that drastically lowering the price on digital
| goods can massively increase sales, and better
| maximize profits. But, instead, book
| publishers seem to be pushing in the opposite
| direction, and trying to push the price of
| digital books up. We recently wrote about a NY
| Times article that suggested consumers might
| revolt if the publishers keep moving in this
| direction, which is actually supported by
| reports of how consumers are reacting to
| publishers' anti-consumer activities with
| regards to ebooks.


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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