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Is ACTA Binding? Depends on Where You Ask

March 8, 2012 , , , ,

…(“ACTA”) binds the U.S. It’s a current question because among the many questions swirling around ACTA, one is whether it “binds” the United States to its terms. The answer from…

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Public Knowledge Unveils Internet Blueprint Project

February 28, 2012 , , , ,

…agreements that regard intellectual property (IP). This reflects Public Knowledge’s active effort to open secretive international negotiations like the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) that priviledge industry….

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Shhhh. The TPP is Secret.

February 21, 2012 ,

…treatment. In this post, I will explain the secretive process that lets agreements like TPP, and its predecessor, the Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), become instruments that undermine your free speech…

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ACTA: If You Write A Trade Agreement No One Will Sign, What’s The Point?

February 14, 2012 , , , ,

…and the industries pushing for ACTA some friendly advice: “Drop the crazy stuff.” Officially, the U.S. government wanted ACTA to stop people from bringing actual counterfeit goods into the country,…

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What’s Actually in the TPP?

February 7, 2012 , ,

…from a copy of the TPP’s IP chapter that leaked in February last year, the provisions that were reported to be part of earlier drafts of ACTA, and previous free…

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Weekly Recap and Preview – 2/6/12

February 6, 2012

…TPP. The TPP is the frightening sequel to another international trade agreement in the news recently: the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, known as ACTA. Simultaneous to the private TPP negotiations, a…

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Tell The USTR Not to Do Big Content’s Bidding

February 1, 2012 , , , ,

…the international arena, it has resulted in agreements like the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). And Special 301 is the vehicle used to propagate this same approach and force countries to…

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The TPP: Closed-Door Negotiations, Worse than ACTA, Lessons from SOPA/PIPA

January 30, 2012 , , , ,

…agreement in the news lately, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, or ACTA. The most recent international manifestation of this mindset, and the sequel to ACTA, is the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement – the…

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ACTA: the Big Deal

January 27, 2012 , , , ,

…and elsewhere about ACTA is over the threat that it might require SOPA-like laws to be instituted. In the US, though, it’d be unconstitutional for ACTA to change the law….

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What the State of the Union “Piracy” Reference Means

January 25, 2012 , , , ,

…in the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that is due to be signed by the European Commission member countries on Jan. 26 in Japan.  The U.S. has already signed, but the…

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