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[News] ACTA Faces Legal Threats After Collusion Exposed

  • Subject: [News] ACTA Faces Legal Threats After Collusion Exposed
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2010 00:13:15 +0000
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Parliament threatens court action on anti-piracy treaty

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| The European Parliament defied the EU 
| executive today (10 March), casting a vote 
| against an agreement between the EU, the US 
| and other major powers on combating online 
| piracy and threatening to take legal action 
| at the European Court of Justice.
| A strong majority of MEPs (663 against and 
| 13 in favour) today voted against the Anti-
| Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), 
| arguing that it flouts agreed EU laws on 
| counterfeiting and piracy online.


Negotiations on ACTA agreement lack transparency

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| Members of the European Parliament have 
| raised concerns today with the European 
| Commission on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade 
| Agreement (ACTA), a broad-scope agreement on 
| counterfeiting goods, generic medicines and 
| piracy over the internet, that raises 
| questions of transparency and citizens' 
| rights since the negotiations are conducted 
| in total secrecy. The ALDE group is asking 
| for the Parliament to be provided with 
| immediate and full information about the 
| negotiations in accordance with Art. 218 
| TFEU before the next round of negotiations 
| begin in New Zealand in April. 


ACTA: EU Parliament demands transparency on Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement

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| With wide cross-party support, the European 
| Parliament today adopted a resolution 
| demanding transparency on the negotiations 
| regarding the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade 
| Agreement (ACTA), a plurilateral and far-
| reaching deal (including internet issues) 
| that is being negotiated by the Commission 
| on behalf of the EU. The Commission is yet 
| to provide negotiation documents to the 
| European Parliament, a violation of the 
| Lisbon Treaty. (1)


Epic win for transparency on ACTA

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| The European Parliament today voted on a 
| resolution that demands transparency in the 
| ACTA negotiations, and that the Commission 
| puts all papers on the table.


Obama still promotes this nonsense. What a disappointment.


Obama Supports $675K File Sharing Verdict

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| The Obama administration is backing $675,000 in
| damages a Massachusetts student must pay the
| Recording Industry Association of America for
| file sharing 30 songs.


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.


Administration Lobbyist Ban Not Doing What It's Supposed To Do

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| We've already seen how the Justice Department is, for example, being filled
| with lawyers who regularly worked with the RIAA, MPAA and BSA -- three of the
| biggest copyright lobbying organizations, and those individuals have wasted
| no time in expressing their desire to continue pushing those industry's
| viewpoints in their new positions.


Copyright debate heats up over Obama appointments

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| The president has, in fact, filled out some high-level Justice Department
| positions with lawyers favored by the copyright industry, including attorneys
| who have represented the Recording Industry Association of America and the
| Business Software Alliance. The signatories of the April 2 letter said the
| Justice Department's intervention last month in favor of a record label in a
| file-sharing case heightens their concern.


Biden promises 'right person' as new U.S. copyright czar

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| "It's pure theft, stolen from the artists and quite frankly from the American
| people as consequence of loss of jobs and as a consequence of loss of
| income," Biden said, according to a White House pool report.


MPAA reaches out to lawmakers

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| The occasion: the second biennial summit sponsored by the industry's chief
| lobbying arm, the Motion Picture Assn. of America.


I got you, babe

,----[ Quote ]
| Obama is whistling the music industry's tune


Obama Taps 5th RIAA Lawyer to Justice Dept.

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| President Barack Obama is tapping another RIAA attorney into the Justice
| Department.
| Monday's naming of Ian Gershengorn, to become the department's deputy
| assistant attorney of the Civil Division, comes more than a week after nearly
| two-dozen public interest groups, trade pacts and library coalitions urged
| the new president to quit filling his administration with lawyers plucked
| from the Recording Industry Association of America.
| The move makes it five RIAA lawyers Obama has appointed to the Justice
| Department.


Obama administration sides with RIAA in P2P suit

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| The Obama administration has sided with the recording industry in a copyright
| lawsuit against an alleged peer-to-peer pirate, a move that echoes arguments
| previously made by the Bush administration.


Obama Sides With RIAA, Supports $150,000 Fine per Music Track


U.S. Sides with RIAA in Filesharing Case


Obama Administration Claims Copyright Treaty Involves State Secrets?!?

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| When the Obama administration took over, there was a public stance that this
| administration was going to be more transparent -- especially with regards to
| things like Freedom of Information Act requests. The nonprofit group
| Knowledge Ecology International took that to heart and filed an FOIA request
| to get more info on ACTA. The US Trade Representative's Office responded
| denying the request, saying that the information was "classified in the
| interest of national security pursuant to Executive Order 12958." This is a
| treaty about changing copyright law, not sending missiles somewhere. To claim
| that it's a national security matter is just downright scary. As KEI points
| out, the text of the documents requested have been available to tons of
| people, including more than 30 governments around the world and lobbyists
| from the entertainment industry, pharma industry and publishing industry.


Obama names Doerr, Phillips to economic board

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| Two Silicon Valley leaders have been appointed by President Obama to a
| 16-person committee that's charged with offering economic advice during what
| has become an unusually sharp and deep recession.
| John Doerr, the billionaire venture capitalist at Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield
| & Byers, is one. Doerr was involved in funding companies including Google,
| Amazon.com, Sun Microsystems, and Cypress Semiconductor; he currently serves
| on the board of companies including Amazon and Google and has recently turned
| his attention to green tech.
| Charles Phillips, the president of Oracle, is another. Phillips became
| president in May 2003 and previously was with Morgan Stanley's Institutional
| Securities Division. He's a Linux aficionado and said in 2005: "On demand is
| the future of software for many years to come and we are building it on
| Linux."

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