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[News] Updates on Action Against ACTA and the Digital Economy Bill

  • Subject: [News] Updates on Action Against ACTA and the Digital Economy Bill
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 21 May 2010 09:05:48 +0100
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Written Declaration 12 on ACTA: halfway there, participation still needed!

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| 185 signatures already, 184 left for an 
| absolute majority! The Written Declaration 
| 12 (WD12) on the ACTA agreement is still 
| open for signatures from Members of the 
| European Parliament (MEPs); it is now 
| halfway completed. By setting red lines to 
| the EU negotiators, it addresses key 
| issues of the right to a fair trial and 
| liability of Internet service providers. 
| This week is a plenary week in Strasbourg, 
| where MEPs will have an occasion to sign 
| it. Who are the signatories so far? Who 
| should be contacted in order to get to 369 
| signatories?


Ofcom cooks up a 3-strikes fudge - industry to do it themselves 

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| Ofcom proposes to leave it to industry to decide 
| how the Digital Economy Act will operate. It will 
| leave gaps in the Initial Obligations Code for industry to 
| fill. Given that Ofcom has a mammoth Â142 million budget, 
| should we excuse this lack of attention to the public interest? 


Ofcom #DEAct Code of Practice limited to ISPs with 400,000 subs & excludes mobile broadband

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| ISPA Secretariat met with Campbell Cowie and Chris Rowsell 
| from Ofcom this afternoon to discuss the ongoing work surrounding 
| the DE Act.



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.


Will Nick Clegg push to repeal the Digital Economy Act?

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| For ORG supporters, there is a lot that we
| can hope for from the new administration.
|     * We can hopefully assume that talk of
|     a repeal of the Human Rights Act is
|     now shelved.
|     * ID cards and their database should be
|     scrapped
|     * The DNA database should be restricted
|     or scrapped
|     * Promises of a Data Freedom Act are
|     welcome


EC's ACTA Negotiator Devigne: Rejected U.S. "Blackmail"

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| Luc Devigne, the European Commission's lead
| ACTA negotiator, recently appeared before
| the International Trade Committee which
| brought together Members of the European
| Parliament and ACTA negotiators.  Sources
| say Devigne revealed several key things:
|     * the release of the draft ACTA text
|     may be a one-time deal. There are no
|     current plans to release the updated
|     text following future rounds of talks.
|     * Devigne reportedly told the MEPs that
|     the EC successfully rejected U.S.
|     "blackmail", a reference to U.S.
|     demands for changes on the scope of
|     ACTA in return for greater
|     transparency.

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