Welcome to ACTA-watch

Posted on June 21, 2009

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Welcome to the ACTA watch blog, which I’ve created to keep a clearinghouse for all things ACTA-related.  Please enjoy, and feel free to email me at enigma.foun.dry@gmail.com with any offers of help or suggestions.

For those of you who don’t know the ACTA stands for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, but don’t let the name fool you–it encompasses much more than anti-counterfeiting.

Here’s an extract from a recent new release by Knowledge Ecology, which along with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Public Knowledge, has been at the forefront of a Freedom of Information Act request for release of information regarding the ACTA.  (Both the Bush and the Obama administrations have cited “National Security” in refusing Knowledge Ecology’s requests.)

KEI Statement on ACTA
Last Updated ( Saturday, 13 June 2009 )

On June 12, 2009, USTR announced it would resume negotiations on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).  On June 10, 2009, KEI co-hosted a briefing on IPR enforcement, and issued this statement:

“In a plethora of settings, publishers and pharmaceutical companies are pushing an aggressive new agenda to expand and enforce intellectual property rights. The proposals are often advanced in undemocratic and non-transparent fora, such as the top secret and highly classified ACTA negotiations. This is big government and big business at its worst, creating rules without input or sensitivity to the concerns of consumers, overriding civil rights, undermining privacy, increasing prices to consumers. The topics under review are not simple technical issues or directed at organized crime, they are big sweeping changes in our basic freedoms, and underhanded attempts to give lobbyists rules they can’t get in a normal democratic setting.”  James Love, Director, KEI

Saturday, 13 June 2009

Organization:

My plan now is to have this blog organized into several pages, as follows:

1. Posts: Thoughts about the ACTA, and carrying commentary about the ACTA news.  I’d probably have one or two articles a week here.

2. News Picks: I’d have links to news re the ACTA here.  Very little if any commentary.

3. Source Documents:  Links here to documents including: wikileaks pages containing leaked documents; source documents from lawsuits, etc.  All the links to government agency press releases, too.

4. Take Action! Things you can do to stop the secret negotiations of the ACTA.

Any thoughts, or any offers to help would be most welcome.

Thanks!

E_F

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