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ACTA

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.

The European Commission may have hoped that sending ACTA (Anti-counterfeiting Trade agreement) to the European Court of Justice would calm the protests. But this week-end saw thousands once again filling the streets across  many  European countries.  One of the  biggest was in Copenhagen, where a crowd of some 15,000 people marched up to the doors of the Danish Parliament. Throughout France, Germany,  and eastern Europe there were protests which look set to become part of the European Spring political calendar.

Read more: Ned med acta! 15,000 march on Danish Parliament

In what appears  to have been a political fight at the highest level of the EU, Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding has aimed her  handbag  squarely at  Trade Commissioner Karel deGucht. Mrs Reding walked out of the fortnightly meeting of Commissioners this morning to make  a press statement, which said in extremely strong language that she opposes ACTA, and any form of blocking of the Internet. By the looks of things, she forced a position which Mr DeGucht had not intended.

Read more: Reding handbags DeGucht over ECJ referral

A lobbying letter, attributed to the IFPI, the international arm of of the recorded music industry, and circulated by a coalition of rights-holders, attempts to  wear  the mantle of the moral high-ground in Europe’s political battle over ACTA. This wolf in sheep’s clothing also appears to have access to documents which have been denied to civil society.

Read more: IFPI accuses: "protests silence democratic process"

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Iptegrity.com is the website of Dr Monica Horten. She is a policy analyst specialising in Internet governance & European policy, including platform accountability. She is a published author & Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics & Political Science. She served as an independent expert on the Council of Europe Committee on  Internet Freedom. She has worked on CoE, EU and UNDP funded projects in eastern Europe and the Caucasus. In a voluntary capacity, she has led UK citizen delegations to the European Parliament. She was shortlisted for The Guardian Open Internet Poll 2012.

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