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[News] ACTA and Digital Economy Bill Raise Concerns in Europe

  • Subject: [News] ACTA and Digital Economy Bill Raise Concerns in Europe
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 16 May 2010 23:54:37 +0100
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WTO responds to concerns of the European Parliament on ACTA

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| In a letter dated 4 May 2010, the Director 
| General of the World Trade Organization 
| (WTO), Pascal Lamy has responded to questions 
| and concerns of the European Parliament 
| regarding the Anti Counterfeiting Trade 
| Agreement (ACTA). Several MEPs had written to 
| the WTO Director General on April 15 
| requesting the "World Trade Organization 
| (WTO) to provide an expert assessment and 
| analysis of the current provisions of ACTA 
| from your institutional viewpoint as one the 
| two specialised organisations entrusted with 
| the issue of norm-setting in the field of 
| intellectual property rights and related 
| issues."


Liberal Democrats take on challenge of UK 3-strikes policy 

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| The Digital Economy Bill will provide an 
| immediate test for the UK's new coalition 
| government. Will the LibDems keep their 
| pledge to repeal it?
| Vince Cable, Liberal Democrat economic 
| spokesman, has been made Secretary of State 
| for Business under the new conservative-
| Liberal Democrat coalition government in the 
| UK. 


Digital Economy Act: Some Unfinished Business

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| Remember the Digital Economy Act? Yes, I 
| thought you might. It's still there, hanging 
| like a proverbial sword of Damocles over our 
| digital heads. But a funny thing happened on 
| the way to the forum, er, Houses of 
| Parliament: that nice Mr Clegg found himself 
| catapulted to a position of some power.


Digital Economy Bill minister stabbed



ACTA Draft Release Was Apparently A One Time Deal: Now We're Back To Secrecy

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| After about a year or so of very public
| questions over the incredible level of
| secrecy of ACTA (including the patently
| ridiculous claim that details couldn't be
| revealed for national security reasons),
| including a complete smackdown by the EU
| Parliament concerning the whole ACTA
| process, the negotiators finally (and very
| reluctantly) released the latest draft in
| April. Of course, by then, the full
| document had already leaked. Still, the
| officially released document left out some
| of the key parts that were in the leaked
| draft. Funny how that works.

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