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

November 6, 2009 ACTA , Competition , Enforcement , International

Public Knowledge and other public interest organizations have been calling for transparency in the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) negotiations since the United States Trade Representative (USTR) started the negotiation process. The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests file by PK, EFF, and KEI are a testimony to this fact. Continuing this saga, PK and 15 other public interest, library, artist advocacy, and civil rights organizations sent a letter to the President yesterday, urging him to keep his promise of making government more open, transparent, and participatory and release the ACTA text.

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Due Process Too Expensive? Time for the “Trust Us” Model.

November 2, 2009 Enforcement , Three Strikes

Thomas Sydnor, a Senior Fellow at the Progress & Freedom Foundation (PFF) – more about them here – has proudly announced that moving away from the practice of copyright holders suing their consumers is a “step forward for common sense and the rule of law on the Internet.” While Public Knowledge certainly agrees with that sentiment, Mr. Sydnor appears to be stepping towards something even worse.

Suing Potential Customers is Not a Sustainable Business Strategy

It has been clear for some time that the practice of copyright holders suing individual customers for copyright infringement has its flaws.

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ACTA Remains Closed: The Difference Between Inclusion and Transparency.

October 20, 2009 ACTA , Enforcement , International , Transparency , USTR

A number of blogs and websites have picked up the story of how the Office of the United States Trade Representative ("USTR") continues to keep ACTA out of the public eye, even as it rolls towards its next round of negotiations in early November.

The big story of last week was how drafts of one particular section on "Internet provisions," likely to be discussed in the next round, was disclosed to a small group of people under a non-disclosure agreement ("NDA"). I was one of those people.

Part of the story is a question of whether ACTA proponents, or the USTR itself, are trying to blunt calls for openness and transparency by appearing to open things ever-so-slightly.

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