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U.S. and Russia Announce Online Piracy Crackdown Agreement

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For many years Russia has been viewed as a soft touch on the issue of copyright infringement. Dozens, perhaps hundreds of allegedly infringing sites operate there with impunity, some due to aspects of Russian law and others simply because authorities have no interest in doing anything about them. Of course,...
U.S. and Russia Announce Online Piracy Crackdown Agreement

How TPP Would Put Massive Burdens On Those Accused Of Infringement

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Due to massive secrecy and a near total lack of transparency by the US Trade Representative Ron Kirk, we don't know for sure what the US is negotiating "in our name" as it advances through the negotiation stages of the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement. What little we do know comes...
How TPP Would Put Massive Burdens On Those Accused Of Infringement

USTR Insults The Intelligence Of Legal Scholars After They Challenge Him On Lack Of TPP Transparency

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As another round of negotiations over the TPP agreement is ongoing in Dallas, a group of legal scholars have sent an open letter to the USTR, Ron Kirk, decrying the ridiculous lack of transparency that has been driven in large part by the policies of the USTR, which seem almost...
USTR Insults The Intelligence Of Legal Scholars After They Challenge Him On Lack Of TPP Transparency

USTR Nominee Froman Called 'One Of The Most Egregious Examples Of The Way The Revolving Door Works Between Gov't And Business'

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After posting a bit about Michael Froman, the new nominee for USTR, I was already skeptical that he'd be any improvement over the predecessor, Ron Kirk. After all, Froman was deeply involved in three of the worst free trade agreements that the US has negotiated over the past few years,...
USTR Nominee Froman Called 'One Of The Most Egregious Examples Of The Way The Revolving Door Works Between Gov't And Business'

Members Of Congress Demand USTR Open Up On TPP

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We've been talking about the incredible and ridiculous level of secrecy that the USTR has kept with regards to the TPP negotiations. While industry lobbyists are free to look over the exact details of what the US is proposing, the public, and even key Congressional staffers are left out in...
Members Of Congress Demand USTR Open Up On TPP
Obama admin: War is peace, IP negotiations are transparent

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?

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 Parliament Rips Global IP Accord

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The European Parliament delivered a political blow to Hollywood and the Obama administration, voting Wednesday 663 to 13 in opposition to a proposed and secret intellectual property agreement being negotiated by the European Union, United States and a handful of others. Wednesday’s developments concerning the Anti-Counterfeiting and Trade Agreement are...
European Parliament Rips Global IP Accord

Dear Ron Kirk: Transparency Isn't Hearing From Critics, It's Telling The Public What You're Doing

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We've been spending a lot of time talking about just how secretive the USTR (led by its boss Ron Kirk) has been concerning the TPP negotiations. However, what may be even worse isn't just Ron Kirk's stonewalling, it's the fact that he either does not know what transparency means, or...
Dear Ron Kirk: Transparency Isn't Hearing From Critics, It's Telling The Public What You're Doing

Did The US & Sweden Team Up To Get Cambodia To Arrest The Pirate Bay Founder... About Something Unrelated To TPB?

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Over the weekend, when the news broke that Gottfrid Svartholm, the founder of The Pirate Bay, had been arrested in Cambodia, I didn't think too much of it. It was well known that he was in that part of the world, and you had to figure that sooner or later...
Did The US & Sweden Team Up To Get Cambodia To Arrest The Pirate Bay Founder... About Something Unrelated To TPB?

Apparently The USTR Thinks 'Unprecedented Transparency' Means Hiding TPP Details From 98% Of Congress

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We just wrote about the new bill proposed by Senator Wyden after discovering that the USTR refused to share the TPP with the staff director of the Senate Finance Committee's Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs and Global Competitiveness -- who, officially, is supposed to have oversight on trade negotiations. However,...
Apparently The USTR Thinks 'Unprecedented Transparency' Means Hiding TPP Details From 98% Of Congress

Obama Ambassador In Cambodia On Day Pirate Bay Founder Was Arrested

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It is well-known that the top brass at the U.S. movie and music industries have the ever-sympathetic ears of those in government, not least due to the “revolving door” phenomenon illustrated perfectly by current MPAA chief and former senator Chris Dodd. In recent months, Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has claimed...
Obama Ambassador In Cambodia On Day Pirate Bay Founder Was Arrested

USTR Gives MPAA Full Online Access To TPP Text, But Still Won't Share With Senate Staffers

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US Trade Representative (USTR) Ron Kirk continues to insult the intelligence of the Senate. During a recent hearing Senate hearing at which Kirk appeared, Senator Ron Wyden once again quizzed Kirk about the lack of transparency the USTR has (video link, key point starts around 89 minutes and 30 seconds)...
USTR Gives MPAA Full Online Access To TPP Text, But Still Won't Share With Senate Staffers

Japan Wonders Whether It Is Worth Joining TPP Negotiations After All

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement began as a cosy treaty between just three nations: Chile, New Zealand and Singapore. But once the US joined in 2010, this small-scale partnership suddenly became something much more significant. As USTR Ron Kirk put it in a press release at the time: The development...
Japan Wonders Whether It Is Worth Joining TPP Negotiations After All

Darrell 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...
Darrell Issa Puts Old Leaked TPP IP Text Up For Discussion

Leaked TPP Proposal Reveals That US Wants To Give Multinational Companies Tremendous Power

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We've talked plenty about the shameful position of the USTR on transparency when it comes to negotiating agreements like ACTA and TPP. While USTR Ron Kirk keeps insisting that the feds are being more transparent with TPP than any previous trade agreement, that just shows a complete misunderstanding of what...
Leaked TPP Proposal Reveals That US Wants To Give Multinational Companies Tremendous Power

Public Well-Being Must Be 'Primary Measurement' Of US-EU Trade Agreement

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Now that the US and EU have officially announced the start of talks on a new bilateral free trade agreement -- sorry, a "trade and investment partnership" -- groups in both regions are trying to work out what this will mean for them and their constituents. Arguably the most...
Public Well-Being Must Be 'Primary Measurement' Of US-EU Trade Agreement

Once Again, Public Interest Groups Kicked Out When Trying To Present Concerns About TPP

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It's really quite astounding how terribly obnoxious supporters of the ridiculous TPP agreement have become. This Trans Pacific Partnership agreement is being negotiated entirely in secret -- even as the USTR lies and claims the process is transparent at an "unprecedented" level. Of course, it seems that transparency only extends...
Once Again, Public Interest Groups Kicked Out When Trying To Present Concerns About TPP

White House's Weak Response To Petition Against ACTA

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Earlier this year, we wrote about two different petitions on the White House's official petition platform concerning ACTA. We noted that one of the petitions was very oddly worded, talking about getting the US to "end ACTA." It's description was a bit confused, and didn't seem to understand the process...
White House's Weak Response To Petition Against ACTA

Wyden To Obama: Hollywood Shouldn't Know More About TPP Than Congress

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Senator Wyden has been at the forefront of raising concerns about the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement (as with many other issues we follow), specifically over the total lack of transparency from the USTR on the issue. While USTR Ron Kirk has pretended that "listening" to a few people is transparency,...
Wyden To Obama: Hollywood Shouldn't Know More About TPP Than Congress

Leaked TPP Proposal Reveals That US Wants To Give Multinational Companies Tremendous Power

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We've talked plenty about the shameful position of the USTR on transparency when it comes to negotiating agreements like ACTA and TPP. While USTR Ron Kirk keeps insisting that the feds are being more transparent with TPP than any previous trade agreement, that just shows a complete misunderstanding of what...
Leaked TPP Proposal Reveals That US Wants To Give Multinational Companies Tremendous Power

Protestors Give USTR 'Corporate Power Tool Award'; Replace Toilet Paper In Hotel With TPP-TP

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Ron Kirk may believe that he's getting away with something in negotiating the TPP agreement without the public knowing what he's doing, but sooner or later he has to realize that the public isn't going to take it. With the recent TPP negotiations in Dallas, there was (of course) a...
Protestors Give USTR 'Corporate Power Tool Award'; Replace Toilet Paper In Hotel With TPP-TP

Rep. Lofgren Gives USTR A Simple 3-Point Plan For Real TPP Transparency

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We've discussed, repeatedly, the incredible lack of transparency from the USTR regarding the TPP negotiations. Back in June, we noted that 130 Congressional Representatives all got together to send USTR Ron Kirk a letter, noting their concerns. At the end of August, Kirk replied (pdf) with his standard talking points....
Rep. Lofgren Gives USTR A Simple 3-Point Plan For Real TPP Transparency
Exporting copyright: Inside the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership

Thought SOPA Was Bad? 10 Reasons to Oppose ACTA

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So, we've shot down SOPA and PIPA. Congratulations Internets for a job well done. Mission accomplished, right? Not so much. While that's two bad pieces of legislation pushed back, there's much more where that came from. Leaving aside existing nastiness like the DMCA, we also have the even nastier Anti-Counterfeiting...
Thought SOPA Was Bad? 10 Reasons to Oppose ACTA

Chile Threatens To Drop Out Of TPP Negotiations Due To Ridiculous US Demands About IP

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You may remember that some officials in Chile recently began wondering what benefit they would get from agreeing to be a part of TPP. It seems that view is going even further. There was just another negotiating round and it appears (as we've expected, but don't know for sure because...
Chile Threatens To Drop Out Of TPP Negotiations Due To Ridiculous US Demands About IP

USTR Wants 'Trade Promotion Authority' In An Effort To Ram TPP Through Congress With Little Debate

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While we've noted that the White House and the USTR have insisted that ACTA is not a treaty and does not require Congressional ratification (something that many, many observers believe is wrong), with the followup TPP agreement, there's no question that it's a broad agreement that will require Congressional approval....
USTR Wants 'Trade Promotion Authority' In An Effort To Ram TPP Through Congress With Little Debate

Over 130 Representatives Spell Out Their Concerns With TPP In Letter To Ron Kirk

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As the TPP negotiations progress, concern about the almost total lack of transparency (and the USTR's laughable statements to the contrary) is starting to gain significant attention. Most recently, we wrote about Rep. Darrell Issa's request to observe the next round of negotiations, and before that, Senator Ron Wyden's quizzing...
Over 130 Representatives Spell Out Their Concerns With TPP In Letter To Ron Kirk
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