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Intellectual Property Enforcement

Is CETA introducing ACTA through the back door?

18 July, 2012

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Deutsch: Kommt ACTA mit CETA durch die Hintertür?

The European Parliament rejected ACTA with a large majority on 4 July 2012, but just one week later the EU is accused of pushing back the rejected agreement through the back door, that is, through CETA, the EU–Canada trade agreement that includes measures similar to ACTA.

The negotiations between EU and Canada on the bilateral trade agreement CETA started in November 2009 and will probably be ended by the end of this year.

Thank you SOPA, thank you ACTA

4 July, 2012

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Deutsch: Danke SOPA, danke ACTA

The digital rights world can be grateful that the intellectual property lobby employs too many lobbyists and too few strategists. Lobbyists are salespeople, the sell potential clients or employers amazing things, international agreements, Directives, the ability to stop time and enjoy old business models with no need for innovation or creativity, they sell smoke and mirrors. It was this approach that led to the proposal of SOPA in the United States and ACTA in Europe and beyond.

Marielle Gallo MEP condemns the "soft-terrorism" of the anti-ACTA campaign

27 June, 2012

This interview was translated and republished with the kind permission of PCinpact. We have added our comments on some of the misinformation in Ms Gallo's statements. See notes 1-6 at the end of the article.

Marielle Gallo, who is a member of the Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament in Brussels, proposed a draft Opinion that was in favour of ACTA.

Commission and industry attacks on Parliament hit a new low

25 June, 2012

For the past few months, the European Commission and industry lobbyists have tried to pressure the European Parliament into abdicating responsibility for ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. Instead, the Parliament has given the proposal an inordinate amount of attention, with five different committees devoting huge amounts of time and resources to the proposal. Five different committees looked at the proposal from a development, industry, civil liberties, legal and international trade perspective.

One by one, each of the Committees analysed ACTA, with an ever-dwindling degree of support for the proposal.

German news article removed from search results after DMCA complaint

20 June, 2012

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Deutsch: Deutscher Artikel nach DMCA-Löschantrag entfernt

European procedures for the removal of online content that is judged or accused of being illegal currently depend on the interpretation of the e-Commerce Directive by Member States and private companies. This means that whenever sites, blog posts, images or comments on the internet are accused of being illegal, procedures implementing this Directive are not clear, not harmonised and lead to legal uncertainty.

Open letter to Christofer Fjellner MEP

14 June, 2012

Swedish text below

Dear Mr Fjellner,

I am writing to you with regard to your recent blog post on ACTA.

First of all thank you for providing a clarification after you tabled an amendment for the International Trade Committee vote next week calling for ACTA to be ratified. We are heartened to read that you believe that it would be irresponsible to take a definitive position on ACTA in the absence of assurances from the Commission. You further explain that clarifications are needed on “one or two” paragraphs.

Why taking copyright out of ACTA is not the solution

13 June, 2012

Getting rid of the copyright’s aspect in ACTA as Mrs Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger (German Federal minister of justice) suggested would fail to solve ACTA’s inherent problems.

The following is a non-exhaustive list of issues that will not be solved by political sleight of hand.

A fair balance between protecting intellectual property rights and preserving fundamental rights would still not be achieved. As confirmed by the European Economic and Social Committee, ACTA's approach is aimed at further strengthening the position of rights holders vis-à-vis the "public".

Is ACTA the best thing ever to happen to the European Union?

10 June, 2012

For decades, committed pro-European politicians and academics have wished for a number of ingredients that would be necessary for the credibility of the European institutional framework. They wanted an effective, representative and democratic European Parliament. They wanted a European Parliament that was not just theoretically an equal player in the institutional framework in Brussels, but a Parliament that was a genuine counterweight to the Council (the Member States) and the European Commission. Finally, and most difficult to create, pro-European thinkers dreamed of the possibility of pan-European political campaigns driven by pan-European political movements.

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