Items tagged "USTR"


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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