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[News] ACTA's Suppression (With Patent Too) Continues to Mock Democracy

  • Subject: [News] ACTA's Suppression (With Patent Too) Continues to Mock Democracy
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 06 Jul 2010 20:18:47 +0100
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WD12 on ACTA: It's the Final Countdown!

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| A round of negotiations on the Anti-
| Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) just 
| finished last week in Luzern, Switzerland. 
| While the negotiators expressed their will 
| not to release any further draft of the 
| text, the European Parliament has now a 
| unique opportunity to oppose both the 
| process and the content of ACTA. There is 
| just a few days left to collect 110 
| signatures from Members of the European 
| Parliament (MEPs) to Written Declaration 12. 
| Will you spend 5 minutes to help defeat 


ACTA slouches on, will be final within 6 months

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| The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement 
| rolls on. Negotiators have just wrapped up 
| another round of talks this week in Lucerne, 
| Switzerland, and more than two years into 
| the ACTA process, have actually started to 
| meet with civil society groups to talk about 
| the actual ACTA draft text. (Many 
| governments have previously asked for 
| comments on ACTA, but before releasing the 
| full text.)

Monsanto: court makes a meal of soya ruling 

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| In short Monsanto, the worldâs biggest seed 
| company, sought to rely on a European patent 
| for its Roundup Ready soy beans as a means of 
| preventing the importation into the European 
| Union of soy meal from Argentina. The question 
| at the heart of the dispute was whether the 
| patent, for soy beans that are resistant to 
| some herbicides (notably Roundup), extends to 
| soy meal made from the patented seeds. 
| Argentina, the worldâs third-biggest soy bean 
| exporter after Brazil and the US, is one of the 
| few countries in which Monsanto had no patent 
| coverage for its herbicide-resistant seeds.



Developing Country Opposition to ACTA Mounts

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| Just as the G8-G20 meetings conclude in
| Muskoka and Toronto, another round of
| negotiations on the controversial Anti-
| Counterfeiting Trade Agreement resumes in
| Switzerland today. In the aftermath of the
| last round of discussions in New Zealand, a
| draft version of the ACTA text was publicly
| released, temporarily quieting criticism
| about the lack of transparency associated
| with an agreement that currently touches on
| all forms of intellectual property,
| including patents, trademark, and
| copyright.


Analysis: Why Silicon Valley should fear ACTA

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| A group of intellectual property experts
| have warned that search engines, web hosts
| and e-commerce sites will be stripped of
| protections if the proposed draft of the
| Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)
| is endorsed.


ACTA negotiators don't care about the Internet

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| La Quadrature du Net, along with access to
| medication NGOs, met in Luzern with 20
| negotiators of the Anti-Counterfeiting
| Trade Agreement (ACTA). No answer was given
| regarding the concern that ACTA would
| hinder fundamental freedoms online, by
| turning Internet operators into a private
| copyright police. More disturbingly,
| negotiators showed a profound lack of
| understanding and competence, close to
| disdain, regarding Internet and the digital
| environment.
| [...]
| "The profound disdain of the ACTA
| negotiators, and their blatant lack of
| knowledge of Internet and the realities of
| the digital environment, show how flawed
| the whole process is. With ACTA, unelected
| public officials will force private actors
| into censoring the Internet in the name of
| copyright. Citizens worldwide must react by
| holding their government accountable."
| concludes JÃrÃmie Zimmermann, spokesperson
| for citizen advocacy group La Quadrature du
| Net.


ACTA Negotiators Respond To Questions About ACTA; More Of The Same

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| Rather than admitting how secret and closed
| off the negotiations have been, the
| negotiators are just passing the blame, by
| saying it's not their issue to actually
| engage representatives from civil rights
| groups and civil societies. Besides, the
| response is again off-base. If the whole
| point of meeting with these groups is to
| understand the concerns of them and their
| constituents, it should be the negotiators
| who are seeking out such meetings. Once
| again, this response makes it clear that
| the negotiators' marching orders are not to
| come up with the best solution for each of
| the societies and countries they represent,
| but of a very narrow group of special
| interests. This is no surprise, but the
| answer basically confirms that they know
| this. Very sad.


Petition: ACTA 'threatens' Public Interests

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| About 650 people, including 11 members of
| the European Union Parliament and about 90
| intellectual property (IP) professors, have
| signed a document saying an international
| IP enforcement agreement being negotiated
| by the U.S. and 36 other countries
| "threatens numerous public interests."
| The document, released by American
| University's Program on Information Justice
| and Intellectual Property Wednesday, raises
| a wide range of concerns about the proposed
| Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA),
| which was negotiated in secret for more
| than two years before the countries
| involved released a copy of the text in
| April.

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