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Germany has stepped back from signing the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, amid growing reluctance to ratify the international pact. Germany, one of the five EU members that has not signed ACTA, has put its next step on hold. The country's Auswärtiges Amt, or foreign office, has withdrawn instructions to sign ACTA , an international agreement aimed at harmonising copyright enforcement around the world. A German government source told ZDNet UK on Friday the government will postpone its decision on whether it should sign or not until after the European Parliament has voted on the treaty in June.
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In a Council of Ministers meeting held last week ministers voted to allow the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to be signed on behalf of EU member countries. The EU had helped finalise the terms of ACTA last year. "The Council adopted a decision authorising the signing of an anti-counterfeiting trade agreement (ACTA) with Australia, Canada, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland and the United States," a Council of Ministers statement said. "ACTA is aimed at establishing an international framework to improve the enforcement of intellectual property right laws and create improved international standards for actions against large-scale infringements of intellectual property. Negotiations were concluded in November 2010," it said. In October the US, Japan, Australia, Canada, Republic of Korea, Morocco, New Zealand and Singapore "committed" to ACTA at a signing ceremony in Japan.
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Intellectual Property Watch » Blog Archive » Rights-Holders’ Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Pact Could Have Broad ReachThe countries that own most of the world’s intellectual property rights have all but completed an agreement among themselves that raises the level of protection of those rights while appearing to reduce obligations placed on rights holders. Now they’ll need to find ways to apply it to the countries of the world seen as responsible for much of the infringing material. The latest draft of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is available here .
Countries negotiating a semi-secret trade agreement against piracy and counterfeiting this week in Tokyo are still aiming to reach agreement by the end of this year, a negotiator told Intellectual Property Watch today. The negotiator also did not reject outright the notion that patents might still be included in the draft treaty text, instead saying it is still a matter for discussion. Negotiators for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) are meeting from 23 September to 1 October in Tokyo for what some have said could be the final round of the negotiation. Civil society groups have stepped up expressions of concern in the lead-up to this meeting, not only over issues with the text itself but also over issues of non-transparency in the negotiating process ( IPW , Bilateral/Regional Negotiations, 24 September 2010 ).
Communiqué commun Act Up-Paris, April et La Quadrature du Net Paris, le 13 septembre 2010 – Les représentants d'Act Up-Paris, April et La Quadrature du Net ont rencontré vendredi 10 septembre au matin un responsable français des négociations de l'ACTA. Il en ressort de graves inquiétudes sur un contournement durable du processus démocratique instauré par cet accord « anti-contrefaçon ». Qu'il s'agisse de l'accès aux médicaments des pays les plus pauvres, de la libre communication sur Internet et de la protection du logiciel libre, les modifications récentes ne changent rien à la dangerosité de l'ACTA. Ironiquement, l'espoir de voir rejeter cet accord illégitime est désormais suspendu à la capacité de l'Europe à défendre son camembert, son parmesan et son champagne...
In a victory for democracy and transparency, the European Parliament adopted Written Declaration 12/2010 (WD 12) on the proposed Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement earlier this week. WD 12 calls on EU negotiators to ensure that ACTA does not weaken citizens' fundamental rights of freedom of expression, privacy, and judicial due process, and will not require Internet intermediaries to act as copyright police at the behest of the entertainment industry. WD 12 also calls on EU negotiators to make the ACTA negotiation texts public, and to ensure that ACTA's proposed border measures do not interfere with access to affordable medicines. WD 12 became the official position of the European Parliament on ACTA when it was signed by 377 Members of the European Parliament prior to today's deadline — more than the required majority of MEPs (369).
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The negotiating text emerging from 10th round ACTA negotiations in Washington DC (August 16-20, 2010) was not shared with the public because the United States successfully opposed its release. The US was the only negotiating party to have taken this position on transparency. We have obtained a copy of the August 25 consolidated text which reflects changes made during the DC round.
T-Mobile expressed surprise that the ICO had gone public with the investigation before bringing the case to court. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Personal details of thousands of mobile phone customers have been stolen and sold to rival firms in the biggest data breach of its kind, the government's privacy watchdog said today. An employee of phone operator T-Mobile sold the customer records, including details of when contracts expired.
The Obama Administration has again blocked the public release of the text of an important intellectual property enforcement agreement. The White House has made the completion of the agreement a high priority, which it will describe as something to protect U.S. jobs -- and hopes to complete the global pack in time to influence the November 2010 Congressional elections. The "Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement," known as ACTA, has been shrouded in controversy since its inception in the Bush Administration, because of the secrecy surrounding the negotiations, and the suspected anti-consumer, anti-civil rights, and anti-innovation measures that were thought to be included.
The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), which began in Geneva two years ago, is a multilateral trade agreement to establish international standards on intellectual property rights. According to former trade negotiators, countries attempted to clinch an agreement under the banner of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), but as members could not agree, like-minded nations formed ACTA. In March, the European <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
One of the important aspect of the leaked copy of the ACTA draft a little while back was that it also included what each of the different parties was pushing for in terms of language choices. This part of the draft was conveniently missing from the "official" draft that was released recently. But, if you looked through the different changes being pushed for by different countries, you quickly realized that definitions mean everything . The different wording seemed to only differ slightly, but depending on how you defined different terms, the actual meaning could be night and day.
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