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[News] ACTA Under Fire Down Under, Digital Economy Bill Under Fire in the UK

  • Subject: [News] ACTA Under Fire Down Under, Digital Economy Bill Under Fire in the UK
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 07 Apr 2010 23:29:35 +0100
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ACTA treaty draws fire in NZ submissions

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| InternetNZ and the New Zealand Open Source 
| Society have released their submissions to 
| the Ministry of Economic Developmentâs 
| consultation on this monthâs ACTA 
| negotiations, with the two organisations 
| taking different, but equally critical 
| tacks on the issue.


'No evidence ACTA is needed' â InternetNZ

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| Internet New Zealand has strongly opposed 
| the signing of the Anti-Counterfeiting 
| Trade Agreement (ACTA) by New Zealand in a 
| submission to the Ministry of Economic 
| Development.


Submission Criticises Lack Of Evidence For ACTA Approach - InternetNZ


InternetNZ slams ACTA digital enforcement discussions


Open Letter to the Negotiators of ACTA

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| In the Internet Community, we do not 
| believe that it is even theoretically 
| possible, short of instituting an entirely 
| undesirable Orwellian police state, to 
| effectively prevent music and films from 
| being shared over the internet in non-
| commercial ways. We expect that any efforts 
| by governments are any other party to stop 
| this will fail, although they will surely 
| be harmful side-effects, like for example 
| the notice-and-takedown provisions of the 
| DMCA in the USA are already being abused by 
| enemies of the freedom of speech. (By 
| contrast, the appropriate handling of 
| copyrighted digital assets in commercial 
| contexts is a solvable problem, as the 
| international standard ISO/IEC 19770-1 on 
| Software Asset Management proves. In my 
| opinion, enforcement efforts should focus 
| on that area where it is actually possible 
| to achieve progress.) 


NZOSS Submission on ACTA

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| The New Zealand Open Source Society has 
| made a submission on ACTA to the Ministry 
| of Economic Development. The submission 
| explores the relationship between 
| legislation of the United States passed in 
| 1998 called the DMCA with provisions in the 
| Copyright Amendment Act 2008 and the leaked 
| provisions in ACTA. The NZOSS does not wish 
| to see a regime where citizens will be 
| disconnected from the Internet based only 
| on notices from rights holders, but rather 
| maintain a position where proper judicial 
| oversight and process will be maintained. 
| Video here.


The Digital Economy Bill: Thinking further about copyright

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| Two photographs.  Nearly a century apart. 
| Of people watching a sports game without 
| paying.
| The question is, were they stealing? Would 
| you call it stealing? I wouldnât. But I 
| know some people who would.


Paving Hell: ACTA Encourages Oppression from Friend and Foe Alike

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| The drafting of the Anti-Counterfeit Trade 
| Agreement (ACTA) isnât going so well. The 
| agreement, which at least hints at three 
| strikes provisions and third-party criminal 
| liability for IP infringement, was finally 
| leaked in its entirety last week. Now it 
| seems that the drafters are a little 
| nervous that authoritarian regimes might 
| use ACTA to suppress speech. Wow, ya think? 
| But we do not need to look to our enemies 
| to find atavistic Internet policies. In the 
| last few weeks, two of our staunchest 
| supporters (South Korea and Australia) have 
| been added to the illustrious Enemies of 
| the Internet list.  If even our well-
| intentioned, democratic allies offend 
| Internet freedom by way of the rule of law, 
| can there be any doubt that repressive 
| regimes will do the same? 


Digital economy bill: One clown giveth and the other clown taketh away

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| If the government were to stop slavishly 
| obeying the record companies as it formerly 
| obeyed George Bush, and turn its attention 
| to the real issue â how to support the arts 
| in the digital age without impeding sharing 
| â there is no shortage of methods it could 
| try. My 1992 proposal for a special tax to 
| be distributed to artists, with the money 
| partly shifted from the most popular ones 
| towards those not quite so successful, is 
| still applicable. Meanwhile, many artists 
| support themselves already with voluntary 
| payments by their fans. If we make it 
| easier to send these payments, with a send-
| one-dollar or send-one-pound button on 
| every player, this method would work even 
| better. And without disconnecting anyone!

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