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Facebook and Twitter 'don't need piracy filter'

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European court rules social networking sites do not require filtering system in copyright case brought by music royalties firmRead the court's judgment in fullSocial networks such as Facebook and Twitter cannot be required to install an anti-piracy filtering system, the European court of justice has ruled.Europe's top court has made...
Facebook and Twitter 'don't need piracy filter'

How Multilateral Free Trade Agreements Are Bypassing Democratic Decision-Making Around The World

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One of the most worrying aspects of ACTA -- which began life as a "simple" treaty about combatting counterfeit goods -- was how it morphed into a new approach to global policy making. This had two key aspects. First, the treaty would be negotiated in secret, with minimal input...
How Multilateral Free Trade Agreements Are Bypassing Democratic Decision-Making Around The World

Sony BMG takes Beyonce's official YouTube channel down for "copyright infringement"

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Filed under: Business, Video, Commercial, Op-Ed In an act of corporate insanity that reminds me of military behavior as described in Catch 22, Sony BMG removed the videos from Beyonce's official YouTube channel for "copyright infringement." It is her channel, and she is their artist. This is awesome! I mean,...
Sony BMG takes Beyonce's official YouTube channel down for "copyright infringement"
The Pirate Party forced to shut down its Pirate Bay proxy today

'We, The Web Kids': Manifesto For An Anti-ACTA Generation

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One of the striking features of the demonstrations against ACTA that took place across Europe over the last few weeks was the youth of the participants. That's not to say that only young people are concerned about ACTA, but it's an indication that they take its assault on the Internet...
'We, The Web Kids': Manifesto For An Anti-ACTA Generation

Dear USTR: Want Other Countries To Sign Your Trade Agreements? Stop Letting Hollywood Write Them

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With more and more countries in the EU backing away from signing ACTA, and even the EU Parliament's president speaking out against it, it's raising serious questions about the ability to get the EU signed on to ACTA. Harold Feld, over at Public Knowledge, has published something of an open...
Dear USTR: Want Other Countries To Sign Your Trade Agreements? Stop Letting Hollywood Write Them

Darell Issa Puts Old Leaked TPP IP Text Up For Discussion

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We've written a few times now about Rep. Darrell Issa, and the Madison platform his office has set up to allow for crowdsourcing opinion on legislation and other government documents. He originally used it for his OPEN Act, but then later posted the text of ACTA as well. His latest...
Darell Issa Puts Old Leaked TPP IP Text Up For Discussion

New USTR Nominated; Will He Commit To Transparency?

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President Obama has nominated Michael Froman to be the new USTR, to take over for Ron Kirk who stepped down recently. Most of the stories on Froman note that he's well known in this space and has been a key player in a number of trade agreements -- including with...
New USTR Nominated; Will He Commit To Transparency?

European Court of Justice To Examine ACTA For Rights Breaches

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In an announcement this morning, EU trade chief Karel De Gucht said that following discussion with fellow Commissioners, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) will be referred to the European Court of Justice. ACTA, a treaty aimed at harmonizing copyright enforcement globally, has been mired in controversy from its inception not...
European Court of Justice To Examine ACTA For Rights Breaches

New USTR Nominated; Will He Commit To Transparency?

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President Obama has nominated Michael Froman to be the new USTR, to take over for Ron Kirk who stepped down recently. Most of the stories on Froman note that he's well known in this space and has been a key player in a number of trade agreements -- including with...
New USTR Nominated; Will He Commit To Transparency?

EU trade committee to vote this week on ACTA

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Despite the fact that ACTA was seemingly on its deathbed just last month, the European Union’s International Trade Committee (INTA) is now set to meet this Thursday, June 21 in Brussels to give its recommendation to the European Parliament as a whole. This vote is the most significant in the run-up to...
EU trade committee to vote this week on ACTA

Tech Weekly podcast: Acta on the out

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This week on Tech Weekly with Aleks Krotoski and Guardian technology editor Charles Arthur we meet the man behind the search engine DuckDuckGo, Gabriel Wienberg. Gabriel discusses his approach to a very difficult part of the tech and internet business and why he thinks he can take on the goliath...
Tech Weekly podcast: Acta on the out

ACTA On Hold, But The Protests Continue In Serbia

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One reason the European Commission decided to refer ACTA to the European Court of Justice may have been in the hope that people would simply get bored and move on. It's certainly true that the cities of Europe aren't full of protesters as they were a couple of months ago,...
ACTA On Hold, But The Protests Continue In Serbia

As Europe Bats Around ACTA, UK Proposes Rules For ISPs Policing Copyright Breaches

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With Europe preparing for a big vote next week on ACTA, the sweeping online copyright and counterfeit trade treaty, today the UK regulator Ofcom set out a proposal for how large ISPs in this country (ie more than 400,000) should tell their users when they’ve been found to be infringing...
As Europe Bats Around ACTA, UK Proposes Rules For ISPs Policing Copyright Breaches

Shameful: US Secrecy Holding Up Treaty To Help Blind Access Copyrighted Works

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We've been talking about ACTA and TPP and the ridiculous levels of secrecy around them for a while now, but the US's overly secret policies are showing up in other treaty issues as well. For years, we've been talking about negotiations at WIPO to create a treaty that would provide...
Shameful: US Secrecy Holding Up Treaty To Help Blind Access Copyrighted Works

U.S. lawmaker opens up ACTA to online comments

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A U.S lawmaker has posted the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) online and is asking the public to comment and make changes to the copyright enforcement treaty....
U.S. lawmaker opens up ACTA to online comments

EU Commissioner Reveals He Will Simply Ignore Any Rejection Of ACTA By European Parliament Next Week

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The day before the EU's International Trade committee (INTA) recommended that the European Parliament should reject ACTA, the EU commissioner with responsibility for the treaty, Karel De Gucht, had given a speech to its members, trying to win them over. Although it was short, it turns out to be highly...
EU Commissioner Reveals He Will Simply Ignore Any Rejection Of ACTA By European Parliament Next Week

The UK govt. considers new blocking measures for websites that infringe copyright

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No sooner was SOPA effectively defeated in the US, European authorities kicked up a storm by signing up to the controversial ACTA agreement, which is a voluntary agreement between nations that covers a wide range of counterfeit goods, both physical and digital. It’s feared that the agreement would make Internet...
The UK govt. considers new blocking measures for websites that infringe copyright
Pro-slacktivism: Why you should embrace being an armchair warrior (video)

Brussels, London And Berkeley: Some Upcoming Events

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Here's a quick rundown on some upcoming events I'm involved in, leading off with a very exciting keynote brainstorming workshop at the INNOVATE / ACTIVATE conference in Berkeley on April 21st. As some of you know, we've run a bunch of brainstorming workshops either at our own events or as...
Brussels, London And Berkeley: Some Upcoming Events
The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement: ACTA struggles to pass in Europe

USTR Releases Ridiculous 'Naughty' Special 301 List For Countries Who Don't Pass Silly Laws Hollywood Wants

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Every year around this time, the USTR puts out its increasingly laughable Special 301 Report, which merely takes the countries that IP maxmalists say are bad, and officially declares them naughty. The 2012 list has come out (pdf and embedded below) and it's as silly and pointless as usual. Canada...
USTR Releases Ridiculous 'Naughty' Special 301 List For Countries Who Don't Pass Silly Laws Hollywood Wants

Obama Administration: ACTA Is Binding & Don't Worry Your Pretty Little Heads About TPP

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We've covered how Senator Wyden has been pressing the administration on ACTA and TPP concerning the process behind both agreements. The State Department has now responded by admitting that ACTA is, in fact, binding on the United States. Under international law, the ACTA is a legally binding international agreement. By...
Obama Administration: ACTA Is Binding & Don't Worry Your Pretty Little Heads About TPP

The SOPA/PIPA Protest Shows Why There Needs To Be Complete Transparency With TPP

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Lawyer Jonathan Band has written up an execllent analysis for why what happened with SOPA/PIPA (pdf) demonstrates why the Obama administration and the USTR in particular must be significantly more transparent when it comes to TPP, the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. TPP, of course, is the evil stepchild of ACTA. Rather...
The SOPA/PIPA Protest Shows Why There Needs To Be Complete Transparency With TPP

Wyden Tries To Get Anti-ACTA/TPP Amendments Included In JOBS Act Vote

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There's a lot of talk about how the Senate is likely to approve the JOBS Act today with a procedural plan put in place by Harry Reid that limits the ability for any real amendments to be debated or discussed. Unfortunately, the JOBS Act has been more controversial than it...
Wyden Tries To Get Anti-ACTA/TPP Amendments Included In JOBS Act Vote

Europe trashes ACTA as Obama praises it

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Earlier this week, we noted that the major parties in the European Parliament had all agreed on a resolution trashing the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and the secret process that has been hashing it out. That resolution has passed Parliament by a huge margin—633 yes votes, 13 no votes,...
Europe trashes ACTA as Obama praises it

USTR Only Wants To Hear From You If Some Foreign Country Isn't Maximalist Enough

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For years, we've pointed out how ridiculous the USTR's Special 301 Report is. The report, which the USTR is required to put out each year, is basically a chance for copyright and patent maximalists to launder their complaints about certain countries through the USTR, allowing such complaints to get the...
USTR Only Wants To Hear From You If Some Foreign Country Isn't Maximalist Enough

European Commission Looks To Backdoor In ACTA By Pushing For Same Results Through 'Voluntarism'

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This year saw two huge victories for digital activism: against SOPA in the US, and against ACTA in the EU. The big question is now: what will be the next moves of those behind SOPA and ACTA as they seek to regain the initiative? For SOPA, we've had a clue...
European Commission Looks To Backdoor In ACTA By Pushing For Same Results Through 'Voluntarism'

Yes, You Can Have An Open And Transparent Treaty Negotiation For Intellectual Property

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We had mentioned along with the news that the WIPO treaty for the blind had been signed in Marrakech that it proved that -- contrary to the claims of the USTR -- that you don't need to keep negotiations of an intellectual property treaty secret. Sean Flynn has now expanded...
Yes, You Can Have An Open And Transparent Treaty Negotiation For Intellectual Property
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