Countries are Moving Close to Forming ACTAAdded: Tuesday, April 20th, 2010
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Those activists for digital rights, who have always been worried about trade in pirated and fake goods, are now about to reach an agreement which has been negotiated with many countries for a long time now, as the U.S. trade officials announced last week. The U.S. Trade Representative’s office announced that the agreement is most likely to be concluded soon enough in case of other members decide to do it now.
Digital rights activists have been concerned over the proposed ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) would give the customs agents at the borders the right to seize laptops or other music devices if they are found to contain illegal material. At the same time some other groups are afraid that ACTA will restrict trade in generic medicines. However, negotiators from Japan, the US, the EU and other countries are sure that such fears are unjustified.
The negotiators said in their joint statement during the conference in New Zealand, that there was no proposal targeted at obliging ACTA members to demand border authorities to look through the travelers' luggage and personal electronic devices in order to find infringing content. Moreover, the Agreement won’t affect the cross-border transit of legitimate lower-price prescriptions drugs.
In order to calm the growing concerns, the countries-participants have decided to release a consolidated “bracketed text” this week, which will surround those parts of ACTA that are still being negotiated on and being in the center of the attention at the next meeting in Switzerland in the early summer.
As you remember, the secrecy of the agreement’s texts has only raised the suspicions several years ago. Now the negotiators are cautiously optimistic about releasing it for public inspection. However, even if doing this, there will still be concerns remained about the impact ACTA could have on Internet users, including the fear that users being suspected of downloading illicit material would get their accounts closed.
According to the joint statement made last week, the agreement won’t require a “three strikes” regime for copyright infringement. However, the public would like to have a clearer statement assuring the users that ACTA won’t encourage the governments to kick users off the Internet.
Nevertheless, the intention to release the text of ACTA was welcomed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its Global Intellectual Property Center.
April 20th, 2010Posted by:
Tuesday, April 20th, 2010
|posted by (2010-04-20 13:13:38)|
|Thanks, SaM. So we will get to see the "bracketed texts" meaning we only get to see the parts the ACTA thinks the public will have little to no problem with. If they are going to release it, they should release it with full disclosure.|
|posted by (2010-04-20 14:57:16)|
|Thanks for the read SaM|
|Thanks SaM - say hello to big brother...|
|and this is why i encrypt EVERYTHING.... they are NOT reading my goods, and ill insure that. its none of the F'in bussiness. Big Brother, Stick to what youre good at. Taking bribes and Racketeering.|
|holy crap this is getting ridiculous||
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