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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.

With ACTA and Bill Gates on the agenda, the DEVE committee meeting promises to be interesting.

Former Microsoft chairman, Bill Gates is to address the Development committee in the European Parliament tomorrow (24 January).  Mr Gates would normally expect to be the star attraction.   By an ironic twist of fate, Mr Gates  - who  is no stranger to anti-piracy measures  - may well find that he is  the warm-up act for the poker- hot politics of the secretly-drafted copyright treaty known as  ACTA (Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement).

Read more: Will ACTA upstage Bill Gates in the European Parliament?

 Haddock, whiting, hake, Norwegian lobster….  What do these  harmless marine creatures   have to do with Internet copyright?

 The EU Council of Ministers  yesterday gave the go-ahead for the EU to sign the controversial Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). ACTA is effectively an international copyright treaty, paving the way for a range of Internet blocking measures against allegedly infringing material online.  The green light was given  - not by the Ministers responsible for copyright – but by those in charge of fishing fleets.

Read more: EU Council gives fishy go-ahead for ACTA

Have we been misled, Minister?

The British Parliament has failed to apply proper scrutiny to ACTA ( the Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement), sliding it back to the EU  in a little-known process which almost went unnoticed.  Indeed, no-one would ever have known  if it had not been for a Parliamentary question in the House of Commons from Julian Huppert, Liberal Democrat MP for Cambridge, on 7 November.  

Read more: UK Parliament says ACTA needs no scrutiny

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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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