Called the Canadian ACTA Consultation Report, it’s published by scribd and was obtained through the ATIP (Access to Information and Privacy) Act.
“In an earlier post, I noted that the Department of Foreign Affairs will be holding a consultation meeting on ACTA next week,” says Geist.
“DFAIT first consulted on ACTA in the spring of 2008.
“While I discussed some of the findings based on documents obtained under the Access to Information Act, I did not previously have access to the entire draft report.”
But he does now.
Last May early details of the proposed US ACTA multi-lateral intellectual property trade agreement (2007), with the notorious Hollywood Howard Berman up front, was hosted by Wikileaks, which among other things stated
In 2007 a select handful of the wealthiest countries began a treaty-making process to create a new global standard for intellectual property rights enforcement, the “Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement”. The agreement does not cover currency fraud.
ACTA is spearheaded by the United States, the European Commission, Japan, and Switzerland – those countries with the largest intellectual property industries. Other countries invited to participate in ACTA`s negotiation process are Canada, Australia, Korea, Mexico and New Zealand. Noticeably absent from ACTA`s negotiations are leaders from developing countries who hold national policy priorities that differ from the international intellectual property industry.
A “Discussion Paper on a Possible Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement” was reportedly provided to select lobbyists in the intellectual property industry, but not to public interest organizations concerned with the subject matter of the proposed treaty.
Wikileaks has obtained the document.
The agreement covers the copying of information or ideas in a wide variety of contexts. For example page three, paragraph one is a “Pirate Bay killer” clause designed to criminalize the non-profit facilitation of unauthorized information exchange on the internet, which would also negatively affect transparency sites such as Wikileaks.
The document reveals a proposal for a multi-lateral trade agreement of strict enforcement of intellectual property rights related to Internet activity and trade in information-based goods. If adopted, a treaty of this form would impose a strong, top-down enforcement regime, with new cooperation requirements upon internet service providers, including perfunctionary disclosure of customer information and a ban on anti-circumvention measures.
“If Hollywood could order intellectual property laws for Christmas, what would they look like? This is pretty close,” said David Fewer (right), acting director of the University of Ottawa’s Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic.
Definitely stay tuned.
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