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[News] ACTA and USTR Revisited: Corruption Meets Copyrights

  • Subject: [News] ACTA and USTR Revisited: Corruption Meets Copyrights
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 23 Feb 2010 19:04:52 +0000
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Tech Company Lobbying Group Explains The Importance Of Letting Countries Make Their Own Policy Decisions On Copyright

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| So it's great -- if not surprising -- to 
| see that the CCIA's filing to the USTR for 
| the Special 301 report (pdf) actually 
| matches much of my own filing, though from 
| a more legalistic perspective (and focuses 
| on Canada). The key points are the same, 
| however: the Constitutional basis for 
| copyright has never been that "more is 
| better," but that we should be seeking the 
| most effective ways to "promote the 
| progress." Second, it notes that countries 
| should be free to make their own policy 
| decisions on copyright law, rather than 
| being pressured into them by the US. It 
| further notes that the USTR Special 301 
| process shouldn't be focused on legislative 
| and policy issues, but merely enforcement 
| of the law. Unfortunately, it's gotten far 
| away from that. 


ACTA's Internet Chapter Leaks; And, Now We See How Sneaky The Negotiators Have Been

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| Reports spread this weekend that the ACTA's 
| all-important internet enforcement chapter had 
| leaked. You can download the PDF from that 
| link, or check it out below:
| From here, you can see why this is still quite | a dangerous document -- and why there's been 
| so much misinformation from its supporters, 
| insisting that it "can't change US law," or 
| even (as stated by the USTR) that it won't 
| include three strikes. It doesn't. Sort of. 
| But it does make it very very difficult for 
| any online service provider to get safe 
| harbors without doing something along those 
| lines. Let's explore deeper...



ACTA "internet enforcement" chapter leaks


World going barmy over copyright enforcement

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| IT IS NOT CLEAR how accurate it is yet but
| someone has posted a copy of what appears
| to be the crucial enforcement section of
| the secret copyright treaty that the
| publishing cartels want the world to
| accept.


ACTA leak shows US Trade Rep lied about "3-strikes"


ACTA Internet Chapter Leaks: Renegotiates WIPO, Sets 3 Strikes as Model

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| Several months after a European Union memo
| discussing the ACTA Internet chapter
| leaked, the actual chapter itself has now
| leaked.  First covered by PC World, the
| new leak fully confirms the earlier
| reports and mirrors the language found in
| the EU memo.  This is the chapter that
| required non-disclosure agreements last
| fall.


Adding up the explanations for ACTA's "shameful secret"

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| Why is an intellectual property treaty being
| negotiated in the name of the US public kept
| quiet as a matter of national security and
| treated as "some shameful secret"?
| Solid information on the Anti-Counterfeiting
| Trade Agreement (ACTA) has been hard to come
| by, but Google on Monday hosted a panel
| discussion on ACTA at its DC offices. Much of
| the discussion focused on transparency, and
| why there's so little of it on ACTA, even from
| an administration that has made transparency
| one of its key goals.


U.S. Ambassador David Jacobson â Intellectual Property Rights

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| Well, Ambassador, a lot of Canadians donât
| think U.S. Intellectual Property Laws are in
| the best interest of Americans or Canadians
| either. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act
| of 1998 comes to mind. Do you have any proof
| (specifically peer reviewed studies) proving
| that the DMCA has any benefit to the citizens
| of the United States? And if you donât have
| any proof, when do you intend to provide it?


Oh, a new ACTA document

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| How do you request it? Very simple, fill out
| the form and enter the document number
| 17779/09 as the document you request. Then
| the Council secretariat has 15 days to
| respond, either it would grant you access
| and submit the reasons for refusal.
| Here is stops for most persons. You have
| against 15 days for a confirmatory
| application. When the confirmatory
| application is denied you can complain to
| the EU-Ombudsman or sue the Commission.


Google DC Talk on ACTA

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| Why does DG Trade want criminal sanctions
| from third nations when these instruments
| are not adopted in the âacquis
| communautaireâ yet? Unfortunately we cannot
| find out in their negotiation mandate from
| the Council because it is not disclosed.

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