ACTA and PCIP 2012
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The United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, and South Korea signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement on Saturday, an accord targeting intellectual property piracy. The European Union, Mexico and Switzerland—the only other governments participating in the accord’s creation—did not sign the deal at a ceremony in Japan but "confirmed their continuing strong support for and preparations to sign the agreement as soon as practical ," the parties said in a joint statement. The United States applauded the deal.
<img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-20365" title="obama" src="http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/threatlevel/2010/10/obama.jpg" alt="" width="660" height="470" /> More than 70 academics, mostly legal scholars, are urging President Barack Obama to open a proposed international intellectual-property agreement to public review before signing it.
A group of rather prominent law professors have sent an open letter to their former law professor colleague, now President, Barack Obama , asking him to "halt [his administration's] public endorsement of ACTA and subject the text to a meaningful participation process that can influence the shape of the agreement going forward."
As we noted in our post about people just discovering ACTA this week, some had put together an odd White House petition , asking the White House to "end ACTA." The oddity was over the fact that the President just signed ACTA a few months ago.
Tokyo, Japan – Today representatives from Australia, Canada, the European Union, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, and the United States reaffirmed their commitment to the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement at a Tokyo signing ceremony hosted by the Government of Japan.
Loz Kaye, Leader, Pirate Party UK Yesterday the European Union, the UK and over 20 other countries signed the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).
Here at The Inquisitr we have been covering the whole SOPA, PIPA, and the Blackout of the Web but even before those two extremely flawed bills surfaced we were covering the international treaty commonly referred to by ACTA, even though all the trade organizations (funded by the entertainment industry) did their best to keep secret.
You would think that after the response to SOPA as well as the ongoing (and growing) movement against ACTA , that the USTR would heed some of the warning signs , and stop pushing trade agreements negotiated in secret with the help of Hollywood.
Photo: Jacques-Alain Finkeltroc Under the guise of intellectual property rights enforcement, Europeans could become victims of the US political system's dependence on corporate money. The Wikipedia-led blackout on January 18 in protest against SOPA and PIPA appears to have been a big success.
Paris, January 26th 2012 – Today in Tokyo, the EU and 22 of its Member States officially signed ACTA 1 , the anti-counterfeiting trade agreement. The worldwide citizen movement initiated against SOPA and PIPA must now focus on defeating their global counterpart ACTA in the European Parliament. A few days after the online protests against the anti-sharing bills SOPA and PIPA in the United States, today's signing ceremony of ACTA is the symbol of the circumvention of democracy to impose policies that hurt freedom of communication and innovation worldwide.
26 January 2012 Last updated at 10:40 ET
Over the vocal protests of opponents, 22 European nations signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) on Thursday.