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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.

Another interesting twist on the ACTA story came out of the European Parliament London seminar last week. The rights-holders, who seem to be struggling to hold their nerves  at the moment, are now saying that ACTA ‘only’ applies to ‘commercial scale’ activities. But this is precisely one of ACTA's problem points, according to  the European Parliament’s rapporteur.

Read more: ACTA: what is commercial scale?

Lawyers at the European Parliament have given the thumbs up to the plan for an ACTA vote, possibly this side of the summer holidays. The rapporteur, David Martin, confirmed the position, at a recent  event in London.

Read more: European Parliament go-ahead for ACTA vote

Does the European Commission President, José Manuel Barroso,  know the difference between a lobby group and a European Parliament committee? Or is the Eurozone crisis  getting his head into a muddle?  Why does he refer to the rights-holder lobby group International Trade Mark Association, when he really means the International Trade Committee? More importantly, how much has his office been in contact with rights-holders who want ACTA?

Read more: Barroso’s confusion: trade marks or trade committee?

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