Items tagged "Transparency"


ACTA Internet Chapter Leaked, Transparency Still Absent

February 22, 2010 ACTA , International , Three Strikes , Transparency , USTR

Yesterday, PC World came out with the news that the much-discussed, but long-secret Internet chapter of the Anti Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was leaked to the public. The leak confirms a number of suspicions that had been raised by previously leaked European analysis papers. So with this revelation, what remains of calls for transparency?


For instance, Michael Geist compares the text of this leak with the statement that Stan McCoy of the U.S. Trade Representative gave to us, noting that McCoy emphatically denied that the United States was asking for ACTA to include mandatory 3 strikes provisions. Of course, the key word there was mandatory.

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Leaked Document Summarizes January’s ACTA Negotiations in Mexico

February 18, 2010 ACTA , Three Strikes , Trademark , Transparency , USTR

Michael Geist is reporting that a new document about the secretive Anti Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) has just been leaked. The document, a report on the most recent round of ACTA negotiations in Mexico, reveals more about where the parties are and what topics they are actually discussing.

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

November 9, 2009 ACTA , Forum Shopping , Trademark , Transparency , USTR

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has made a good deal of intellectual property news recently, given their copyright and trademark lawsuit against the Yes Men for the latter's fake press conference and website, in which they impersonated the Chamber and claimed that it was reversing its position on climate change legislation.

Of course, the Chamber is more than just a plaintiff when it comes to IP issues—they're one of the reasons that more lawsuits like theirs may soon be replicated overseas. That's because the U.S.

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Roundup on new ACTA leak stories

November 4, 2009 ACTA , Three Strikes , Trademark , Transparency , USTR

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 a good summary here
  • And EFF has additional in-depth analysis and discussion here.

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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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Watching the Watchlists

May 1, 2009 ACTA , Fair Use , Patent , Piracy , Transparency

On Thursday, the US Trade Representative issued this year's Special 301 Report, which is meant to highlight countries that are seen as not doing enough to protect copyrights, patents, and trademarks. Countries are placed on a "Watch List" or a "Priority Watch List." Countries on the Priority Watch List face the possibility of trade sanctions.

Placement on the lists is based upon comments and consultations from interested parties—and the parties who keep showing the most interest in this process are the industry groups that profit from IP. The list has been used as a means for the content industries to add the weight of the US government to their gripes about the state of other countries' IP laws.

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