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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.

 In the latest spat between the European Union institutions over ACTA,  a report by the Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) is turning into a political football.  Iptegrity can reveal that the European Commission will hit  back at the EDPS, whose recent report was critical of ACTA from a fundamental rights viewpoint. The first round was fired in a meeting of the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties (LIBE) committee, which has had a sneak preview of the – as yet unpublished – Commission riposte.

Read more: EU Commission fires back at data protection chief

The European Parliament’s Civil Liberties rapporteur says that the decision by the European Parliament on ACTA should be  a political not a legal one. He recommends rejecting ACTA (Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement), on the basis that  ACTA would prematurely put a freeze on public debate about Internet and copyright.

Read more: ACTA would prematurely strangle debate, says civil liberties rapporteur

It took a jump to the left in recommending a ‘no’ vote, now it’s taking a step to the right in postponing the Legal Affairs  committee vote  - with suspected intent to delay. How should we read the latest twists and turns in the European Parliament as it tries to figure out a consensus on ACTA?

Read more: ACTA: EU Parliament takes a step to the right



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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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