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Another Pro-ACTA Letter from MPAA, RIAA, et al.

November 20, 2009 , , , ,

A number of movie studios, record labels, and other copyright-holding companies (and their related trade associations) have also written a pro-ACTA letter to Congress, which I first saw posted on…

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Hollywood: Never Mind the Transparency, Here’s the ACTA

November 20, 2009 , , , ,

ACTA negotiations are a distraction. They distract from the substance and the ambition of the ACTA This is a pathetic excuse for logic. It borders on the Chewbacca Defense for…

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Public Knowledge Statement on MPAA Letter Regarding Anti-Counterfeiting Treaty

November 20, 2009

Background: The Motion Picture Association Association (MPAA) yesterday sent a letter to Capitol Hill asking for more transparency for deliberations on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). A copy of the…

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Copyright, Climate, the Chamber of Commerce, and ACTA: a few more connections

November 9, 2009 , , , ,

…secretive treaty, it’s also hosted meetings between U.S. and European governments at which ACTA was a key topic of discussion. And the Chamber claims that ACTA, sight unseen by the…

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ACTA Treaty ‘Anti-Consumer and Anti-Innovation’ Groups Tell Congress

November 9, 2009

…the most active in the debate over the proposed Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), said that while they have in the past expressed concerns about the lack of transparency in the…

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Artist, Open Government, and Civil Liberties Groups Join Calls for ACTA Transparency

November 6, 2009 , , ,

…the Internet and has raised fears that the Internet provisions of ACTA might further harm the already fragile rights users of digital content have. According to Prof. Geist ACTA’s Internet…

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Groups Protest Obama Administration Secrecy on ‘Trade Agreement’

November 5, 2009

…“Much of ACTA’s transparency deficit stems from the disconnect between ACTA’s apparent aims and its formulation as a trade agreement. In negotiating agreements focusing on traditional trade matters such as…

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Roundup on new ACTA leak stories

November 4, 2009 , , , ,

Just a quick note on some of the recently-surfaced news on ACTA‘s Internet provisions. Michael Geist of the University of Ottawa has some details and analysis here; IDG/PC World has…

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ACTA Remains Closed: The Difference Between Inclusion and Transparency.

October 20, 2009 , , , ,

…does not prohibit me from criticizing ACTA or the process through which it is being developed, nor does it prevent me from passing along and criticizing aspects of ACTA which…

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Public Knowledge Tells FCC Movie Industry Plan for Set-Top Boxes Will Hurt Consumers

October 15, 2009

A proposal by the motion picture industry to use “selectable output control” to hobble the functions of set top boxes won’t stop movie theft but will harm consumers, Public Knowledge…

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