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[News] US Government Hides Voices of ACTA Opposition, Raves About Lobbyists' Support

  • Subject: [News] US Government Hides Voices of ACTA Opposition, Raves About Lobbyists' Support
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 10 Apr 2010 08:17:11 +0100
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USTR Releases Openness Plan, While Celebrating That It's In The Pocket Of Industry Lobbyists

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| We were confused a few weeks ago when the 
| USTR started promoting letters from 
| lobbyists in support of ACTA. After all, of 
| course the lobbyists want ACTA. They're the 
| ones who wrote much of it in the first 
| place. In the meantime, thousands have been 
| writing the USTR to express their concerns 
| about ACTA... but the USTR doesn't bother 
| mentioning them at all. It's as if the USTR 
| is flat-out admitting that it's controlled 
| by the lobbyists. 


ACTA will undermine European Parliament's power in IP matters

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| An ACTA Oversight Committee will undermine 
| the European Parliament's power in 
| intellectual property rights enforcement, 
| according to the Foundation for a Free 
| Information Infrastructure (FFII). A 
| recently leaked Anti-Counterfeiting Trade 
| Agreement (ACTA) document shows negotiating 
| parties want to create an "Oversight 
| Committee", which is planned to supervise 
| the implementation and consider the further 
| development of ACTA. It may also address 
| "disputes that may arise regarding the 
| interpretation or application" of ACTA.


How ACTA will change the world's internet laws

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| This matters because various governments, 
| including the EU, Canada, and the USA, have 
| argued that there is nothing in ACTA that 
| will change domestic law -- that it's just 
| a way of forcing everyone else to adopt 
| their own laws. What we see here, though, 
| is a radical rewriting of the world's 
| Internet laws, taking place in secret, 
| without public input. Public input? Hell, 
| even Members of Parliament and 
| Congressmembers don't get a say in this. 
| The Obama administration's trade rep says 
| that the US will sign onto ACTA without 
| Congressional debate, under an 
| administrative decree. 



Obama Reiterates Support For Finishing ACTA

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| President Obama Thursday reiterated his
| administration's commitment to enacting the
| Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, aimed
| at curbing global piracy, despite a vote by
| the European Parliament this week calling
| for greater transparency in the deal's
| negotiations.


Obama: We Must Move Forward On ACTA

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| What was telling, however, was how he
| described ACTA -- which is that he used the
| bogus arguments for what people think ACTA
| is about, rather than what's actually in
| the agreement. It's a political trick:
|     "There's nothing wrong with other
|     people using our technologies, we
|     welcome it -- we just want to make sure
|     that it's licensed, and that American
|     businesses are getting paid
|     appropriately," Obama said. "That's why
|     [the Office of the U.S. Trade
|     Representative] is using the full
|     arsenal of tools available to crack
|     down on practices that blatantly harm
|     our businesses, and that includes
|     negotiating proper protections and
|     enforcing our existing agreements, and
|     moving forward on new agreements,
|     including the proposed Anti-
|     Counterfeiting Trade Agreement."


Obama Supports $675K File Sharing Verdict

,----[ Quote ]
| 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

,----[ Quote ]
| 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

,----[ Quote ]
| 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

,----[ Quote ]
| "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

,----[ Quote ]
| 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.

,----[ Quote ]
| 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

,----[ Quote ]
| 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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