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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.

Poland appears to have beaten a hasty, possibly temporary, retreat over ACTA, as a wave of mass protests forced a U-turn.

Poland  may have signed ACTA (Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement), but will not ratify it for the time being. The   Polish government  has caved in to the demands of young protesters who marched through the streets of several Polish cities last week,  angry  that ACTA would result in censorship of the Internet.   

Read more: Polish protests force U-turn on ACTA

Reading the media coverage of the Polish anti-ACTA marches, and Kader Arif's resignation, there’s a lot of confusion about ACTA (Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement) and SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act). For example, I’ve read that ACTA is going to impose “SOPA-like blocking”. That ACTA is “Big Brother to” SOPA or  “even worse than” SOPA.   Is this the case?

Well, yes and no.  Both SOPA and ACTA have the same objective. That is to act against alleged copyright infringing material by blocking elements of the Internet.  But legally, the two work quite differently. They have a different legal basis.

Read more: ACTA v SOPA: what’s the difference?

The apparent grace of a Japanese signing ceremony is blasted by the shock resignation of  the  European Parliament's  ACTA rapporteur, Kader Arif .

 The EU signed the Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)  today at a ceremony in  the Japanese Foreign Ministry in Tokyo.  The EU’s signature was penned  by His Excellency, Mr. Hans Dietmar Schweisgut, Ambassador and Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Japan.  Barely was the ink dry, when there was a shock announcement in the European Parliament, which threatens much wider ramifications for the ACTA political process in Europe. The rapporteur for ACTA, Kader Arif, handed back the dossier. This is something which MEPs just don't do unless they are put under political pressure.

Read more: I quit this masquerade, says rapporteur, as EU signs ACTA



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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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