Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement

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ACTA has several features that raise significant potential concerns for consumers’ privacy and civil liberties for innovation and the free flow of information on the Internet legitimate commerce and for developing countries’ ability to choose policy options that best suit their domestic priorities and level of economic development.

ACTA is being negotiated by a select group of industrialized countries outside of existing international multilateral venues for creating new IP norms such as the World Intellectual Property Organization and (since TRIPs) the World Trade Organization. Both civil society and developing countries are intentionally being excluded from these negotiations. While the existing international fora provide (at least to some extent) room for a range of views to be heard and addressed no such checks and balances will influence the outcome of the ACTA negotiations.



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Well, it contains some imp points due to which I don't feel anyone should oppose it.



ACTA provisions call for:

[*]higher standards and stronger cooperation on combating counterfeiting
[*]stronger border enforcement especially with relation to goods in transit
[*]more effective criminal penalties
[*]stronger international cooperation between enforcement bodies of the signatory countries
[*]increased cooperation between government and industry
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The Canberra Wikileaks cables revealed the US Embassy sanctioned a conspiracy by Hollywood studios to target Australian communications company iiNet through the local court-system, with the aim of establishing a binding common-law precedent which would make ISPs responsible for the unauthorised file-sharing of their customers.

Both the location, Australia, and the target, iiNet, were carefully selected. A precedent set in Australia would be influential in countries with comparable legal systems such as Canada, India, New Zealand and Great Britain. Australian telecommunications giant Telstra was judged too large for the purposes of the attack. Owing to its smaller size and more limited resources, iiNet was gauged the perfect candidate.

The involvement of major American studios in the offensive was suppressed. “The case was filed by … the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and its international affiliate, the Motion Picture Association (MPA), but does not want that fact to be broadcasted,” the US Embassy, Canberra wrote. “We will monitor this case … to see whether or not the ‘AFACT vs. the local ISP’ featured attraction spawns a ‘giant American bullies vs. little Aussie battlers’ sequel.”

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This is just an image from the web so it could be incomplete or inaccurate. But read more about ACTA. It is going to affect everyone of you eventually.
 

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ACTA is on hold since 2010 . though there have been some back door meetings in EU but this is not going anywhere, there is no way in hell India and China will ever sign it and they won't let it go through, Indian medical and software exports to EU , South America, etc will virtually come to a halt and came goes for China whose whole economy is build on imports .ACTA is much more broad in implications since it also covers patent laws as well copyrights. it has kinda slowed down in USA also since China totally derailed it in 2010.
 

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IRELAND IS TO sign a controversial international agreement tomorrow which promises a major international crackdown on the trade of counterfeit goods – and illegal internet filesharing.

Irish representatives will sign the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) at a ceremony tomorrow – as will representatives from each of the other 26 European Union member states, and the EU itself.

Once the agreement is signed, it can then be formally ratified and adopted into law once it has been cleared by the European Parliament. The treaty will be signed tomorrow in Tokyo by Ireland’s ambassador to Japan, John Neary.

Although the treaty is primarily aimed at stopping the trade of counterfeited physical goods, it contains provisions which demand that participating countries offer equal protection and enforcement procedures against digital copyright infringement.

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We're getting to crunch time. The ball is now very much in the European Parliament's court. The good news is, that gives you a chance to say why we think ACTA is such bad news. Finally, a mechanism to influence the course of this international agreement. Various committees will be providing opinions over the coming weeks, before a final vote before June.

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There's been lots of talk today about how various EU governments are agreeing to sign ACTA (which still needs to be ratified by the EU Parliament). It's gotten the most attention in Poland, where there were mass protests -- but the government there still signed. Of course, not everyone in the Polish government agreed. Amazingly, officials from the Palikot's Movement held up the famed Guy Fawkes/Anonymous masks in Parliament to protest the vote.

Polish Politicians Don Guy Fawkes/Anonymous Masks To Protest ACTA Signing | Techdirt
 

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well let's see if EU Parliament passes it, only 5 countries din't sign it :confused: and Obama is now being asked to bring it to congress , wonder what china and India's reaction will be to this , they stand to suffer most from it.
 

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India has come very strongly against ACTA, this is a trade agreement which by passes WTO, WIPO, etc, apart from copyrights, patents and trademarks are also covered, it is by rich countries against countries trying to get there,. for example a Indian shipment of exports heading to say Mexico can be stopped in any country's port which is part of ACTA , and our medical , software exports do 'infringe ' on tons of patents and trademarks which Indian companies are not bound to under current WTO agreements.

India plans front to nip new piracy law - Economic Times

India vows to sabotage ACTA

^ old links but Indian policy over this has not changed.