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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 EU Parliament is now on track to reject ACTA (Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement), following todays vote in the  International Trade committee today.  The vote follows 4 other committees that also voted to reject it. On the INTA committee,  31 MEPs voted

Read more: EU Parliament Trade committee says no to ACTA

 Tomorrow the European Parliament’s International Trade committee will vote on ACTA. The choice for committee members is  clear.  On the table is the rapporteur’s report, recommending rejection, and one amendment, calling for postponement. An amendment in favour of consent to ACTA was withdrawn. But mystery surrounds the voting process, as rumours circulate that it will be a ‘secret’ vote. And at a pre-vote discussion  today, the battle lines were forming.

Read more: EU Parliament: we will not be pushed, Mr DeGucht!

There was tension and drama in the European Parliament today, as three committees today gave the thumbs down to ACTA. An attempt  by the EPP to subvert the Civil Liberties vote under the cloak of a technical change was firmly rejected. This is not the final vote, but it gives a strong indication of the European Parliaement position.

Read more: Committees give thumbs down to ACTA despite dirty tricks

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