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This section addresses the Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) from a European Union perspective and  the policy implications for the EU that may be entailed in the ACTA. 

The ACTA   has been the subject of secret negotiations since 2008 and incorporates  a chapter on enforcement of intellectual property rights  on the Internet, including copyright and trade marks.  

If you like the articles in this section and you are interested in ACTA and copyright enforcement policy, you may like my book A Copyright Masquerade: How Corporate Lobbying Threatens Online Freedoms  which discusses ACTA in detail. You may also like   The Copyright Enforcement Enigma - Internet Politics and the ‘Telecoms Package’

 And you may like my book The Closing of the Net which discusses the issue of secondary liability in the context of the UK copyright blocking judgments and the Megaupload case in New Zealand.

It was perfect timing to bury the news: just as everyone else was packing up for their Easter holidays, DG Trade revealed its question for the European Court of Justice on ACTA (the so-called Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement). The question is controversial because it asks about ACTA and fundamental rights. So is the referral itself, which is dubbed by some as a political delaying tactic. The real question therefore is why DG Trade might seek to shun publicity, given that they believed the ECJ referral to be a good thing?

Read more: ACTA referral: has DG Trade lost the plot?

Ron Kirk,  the US Trade Ambassador, and  lead ACTA negotiator for the United States,  was given a grilling in the US Senate last week. His interlocutor was Senator Ron Wyden, who has been opposing Internet copyright enforcement measures in ACTA and in the Protect-IP Act. The exchange was the latest in a series of many between the two, and  it  makes  entertaining viewing.

Read more: ACTA chief’s Senate gaffe: truth is an option

EU Trade Commissioner Karel deGucht  today counter-attacked the Anonymous citizens’ protests. Speaking at a meeting of  the European Parliament  Trade Committee that precedes a workshop on ACTA (Anti-counterfeiting trade agreement), he accused the citizens’ protests of being full of misapprehension and lacking factual accuracy. He also  attempted to reposition the official line on ACTA.

Read more: ACTA protests set DeGucht on counter-attack


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Copyright Enforcement Enigma launch, March 2012

In 2012, I presented my PhD research in the European Parliament.

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