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[News] ACTA Under Attack in New Zealand, More ACTA Extortion from the US Lobby

  • Subject: [News] ACTA Under Attack in New Zealand, More ACTA Extortion from the US Lobby
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2010 13:48:21 +0100
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The Wellington Declaration

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| This week marks the start in Wellington New 
| Zealand of the next round of ACTA 
| negotiations, nominally the US-led Anti-
| Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. The scope 
| of the agreement, however, has extended 
| well beyond trade in fake medicines and 
| knock-off Gucci handbags into the technical 
| realms of file-sharing, ISP liability, 
| disconnection, and DRM. Such issues have 
| been contentious where they've arisen in 
| New Zealand, France, the UK, USA, and 
| elsewhere, yet negotiators seem ignorant of 
| consumer and technology concerns. To 
| correct this, the open PublicACTA 
| conference two days ago drafted and 
| released the Wellington Declaration.


The PublicACTA Conference Webcast


Breaking! Live webcast on ACTA-negotiations available


U.S.: No ACTA Transparency Unless Other Countries Cave on Substance

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| The U.S. Trade Representative issued a 
| release just prior to the launch of the New 
| Zealand round of ACTA negotiations that has 
| left no doubt that the U.S. is the biggest 
| barrier to official release of the ACTA 
| text.  The full text of the release is 
| couched in terms of improving transparency, 
| but is really a thinly-veiled shot at the 
| European Union's public demands for release 
| of the text.  The U.S. statement:
| "In this upcoming round of ACTA 
| negotiations, the U.S. delegation will be 
| working with other delegations to resolve 
| some fundamental issues, such as the scope 
| of the intellectual property rights that 
| are the focus of this agreement.  Progress 
| is necessary so that we can prepare to 
| release a text that will provide meaningful 
| information to the public and be a basis 
| for productive dialogue.  We hope that 
| enough progress is made in New Zealand in 
| clearing brackets from the text so that 
| participants can be in a position to reach 
| a consensus on sharing a meaningful text 
| with the public."



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

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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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