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Commission asks ECJ to rule on ACTA compatibility

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Commission asks ECJ to rule on ACTA compatibility: “The European Commission is to ask the European Court of Justice (ECJ) to rule whether a controversial international anti-piracy agreement is compatible with ‘fundamental EU rights and freedoms’.”

(Via OUT-LAW News.)

EU Parliament backs ACTA with few reservations

Monday, November 29th, 2010

EU Parliament backs ACTA with few reservations: “

Still need more clarity though

The European Parliament has welcomed a controversial international intellectual property treaty as a ’step in the right direction’ but has reiterated calls for clarity on the impact of the law on existing EU rights.…

(Via The Register – Public Sector.)

EU Parliament backs ACTA with few reservations

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

EU Parliament backs ACTA with few reservations: “The European Parliament has welcomed a controversial international intellectual property treaty as a ’step in the right direction’ but has reiterated calls for clarity on the impact of the law on existing EU rights.

(Via OUT-LAW News.)

Secret copyright treaty published

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Secret copyright treaty published: A secretive global negotiation on new copyright rules will not force countries to adopt ‘three strikes’ internet disconnection policies. A draft of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) has been published officially for the first time.

(Via OUT-LAW News.)

EU Data Protection Supervisor Warns Against ACTA, Calls 3 Strikes Disproportionate

Friday, March 5th, 2010

EU Data Protection Supervisor Warns Against ACTA, Calls 3 Strikes Disproportionate: “(Michael Geist)
Peter Hustinx, the European Data Protection Supervisor, has issued a 20-page opinion expressing concern about ACTA. The opinion focuses on three key issues: three strikes legislation, cross-border data sharing as part of enforcement initiatives, and transparency. Although the EDPS acknowledges the importance of enforcing intellectual property rights, he takes the view that a three strikes Internet disconnection policy constitutes a disproportionate measure. It can be questioned whether data transfers to third countries in the context of ACTA are legitimate. The principles of necessity and proportionality of the data transfers under ACTA would be more easily met if the agreement was expressly limited to fighting the most serious IPR infringement offences, instead of allowing for bulk data transfers relating to any suspicions of IPR infringements. The EDPS strongly encourages the European Commission to establish a public and transparent dialogue on ACTA, possibly by means of a public consultation.

(Via QuickLinks Update.)

Major ACTA Leak: Internet and Civil Enforcement Chapters With Country Positions

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Major ACTA Leak: Internet and Civil Enforcement Chapters With Country Positions: “(Michal Geisnt)
On the heels of the leak of various country positions on ACTA transparency, an even bigger leak has hit the Internet. A new European Union document canvasses the Internet and Civil Enforcement chapters, disclosing in complete detail the proposals from the U.S., the counter-proposals from the EU, Japan, and other ACTA participants. The 44-page document also highlights specific concerns of individual countries on a wide range of issues including ISP liability, anti-circumvention rules, and the scope of the treaty. This is probably the most significant leak to-date since it goes even beyond the transparency debate by including specific country positions and proposals.

(Via QuickLinks Update.)

Government refuses to publish ACTA documents

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

Government refuses to publish ACTA documents: “The Government has refused to place documents relating to a controversial secret global trade deal on intellectual property rights on the public record. A Government minister said that to do so would damage the UK’s international interests.”

(Via OUT-LAW News.)