p2pnet view P2P | Freedom:- “In the wake of the landmark iiNet appeal decision, the Internet Industry Association today announced it would immediately start work on an industry code of practice for internet intermediaries, including ISPs, search, hosting and social media providers”, said a p2pnet World headlines item yesterday.
Quoting an IIA press release, it had IIA chief executive Peter Coroneos (right) explaining the basis of the IIA’s announcement >>>
“Having closely reviewed the recent decision of the Full Federal Court, we’ve concluded it’s both necessary and appropriate to develop a code of practice to give a wider range of internet intermediaries greater certainty around their legal rights and obligations. The iiNet case has provided us with welcome guidance on where responsibilities should begin and end, but falls short in defining reasonable steps intermediaries should take in responding to allegations of infringement by their users. The Code will address this gap.”
Secret copyright treaty
Meet the Son of ACTA, the latest corporate entertainment cartel effort to use taxpayer money to protect the financial interests of a small group of shareholders and investors.
Now, more millions of dollars, resources and man-hours will be squandered putting it on the rubbish dump where it belongs.
“A secret copyright treaty being hammered out behind closed doors by the nations in the region and rights holders threatens to derail an Australian internet industry code being written to deal with online piracy”, says IT News, continuing:
“The Internet Industry of Australia was moved to write the code responding to rising intellectual property theft following the recent AFACT v iiNet ruling in the Federal Court.
“But it was surprised to learn its efforts were at risk of being obsoleted by a secret draft treaty that has severe penalties for its disclosure.”
Coroneos was “surprised to learn of the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement, which could be an obstacle to the code”.
“Now that this leak has surfaced we will be giving it close attention and seek consultations with [Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade] in order to avoid a repeat of the ACTA debacle,” says Coroneos in the post, adding:
“We would hate to see another ACTA debacle emerge through this process.”
‘Ongoing consultations with stakeholders’
The sixth round of Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) negotiations will be taking place in Singapore from 28 March to 1 April.
Singapore has put in place arrangements for stakeholders who wish to attend a program run on the afternoon of Sunday 27 March prior to the negotiations.
For further information or to request one-on-one meetings email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) negotiations commenced in March 2010 in Melbourne, with the participation of Australia, Brunei, Chile, New Zealand, Singapore, Peru, the United States and Vietnam. Malaysia joined the negotiations in October 2010 at the third round of negotiations. TPP Parties intend to develop a high-quality, comprehensive 21st century Free Trade Agreement (FTA) that increases economic integration in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly as membership expands over time. The TPP will build on the current Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement between Brunei Darussalam, Chile, New Zealand and Singapore, which entered into force in 2006.
Australia’s decision to participate in the TPP was taken in the context of an initial public consultation process. On 3 October 2008, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, via its website, called for public submissions from interested stakeholders on the expected costs and benefits of participation and specifically invited comment on the economic, regional, social, cultural, regulatory and environmental impacts expected to arise from Australia’s participation. Overall, there was widespread interest in and support for Australia’s participation in the TPP. Input received through the consultation process is being used to inform the Government’s priorities and objectives for Australia’s initial work on the TPP. The Government is committed to ongoing consultations with stakeholders throughout negotiations on the TPP and welcomes submissions related to the TPP at any time (which may be sent to email@example.com).
Updates on negotiating rounds
- Round one – March 2010, Melbourne
- Round two – June 2010, San Francisco
- Round three – October 2010, Brunei
- Round four – December 2010, Auckland
- Round five – February 2011, Santiago
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade continues to welcome public submissions and comments on Australia’s participation in TPP negotiations. Submissions may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or posted by mail to:
Trade Commitments Branch
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
R.G. Casey Building
John McEwen Crescent
Barton ACT 0221
All submissions will be made publicly available on the DFAT website unless the author specifies otherwise.
Submissions have been received from a wide range of interested parties including industry, business, community and labour representatives and government agencies.
Some organisations/entities have provided permission to be listed publicly as having made a submission to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on Australia’s participation in the TPP.
Where an organisation/entity has agreed to have their submission made available, a link to the text of their submission appears next to their name.
Copyright and content
Copyright in submissions resides with the author(s), not with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The views expressed in these submissions are the views of the author(s) and should not be understood as reflecting the views of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Submissions were provided to the Department in a range of formats with varying quality, including Microsoft Word, Adobe PDF and scanned facsimile.
To maintain consistent quality, those documents approved for publication have been made available in PDF format wherever possible.
Submissions have been received with permission for publication from the following organisations and persons:
- ABB Grain Ltd [PDF 67 KB]
- Alisha Dahlstrom, Postgraduate Research Student NCMCRS, University of Tasmania [PDF 154 KB]
- American Chamber of Commerce in Australia (AMCHAM) [PDF 47 KB]
- American Chamber of Commerce in Australia (AMCHAM) – further submission [PDF 359 KB]
- Australasian Performing Right Association Ltd and Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society [PDF 1.08 MB]
- Australian Chamber of Commerce, Singapore (AustCham Singapore) [PDF 169 KB]
- Australian Council of Trade Unions [PDF 127 KB]
- Australian Dairy Industry Council Inc. [TIFF 43 KB]
- Australian Dental Industry Association [PDF 175 KB]
- Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network (AFTINET) [PDF 104 KB]
- Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network (AFTINET) – 2nd submission [PDF 119 KB]
- Australian Industry Group [PDF 27 KB]
- Australian Pork Ltd [PDF 208 KB]
- Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) and Music Industry Piracy Investigations (MIPI) [PDF 96KB]
- Australian Sugar Industry Alliance Ltd [PDF 22 KB]
- Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) [PDF 17 KB]
- Dr Ann Capling, Professor of Political Science, Melbourne University [PDF 109 KB]
- Construction, Forestry, Mining & Energy Union of Australia [Zip file containing PDF 186 KB]
- Telstra [PDF 22KB]
- Thomas Faunce and Ruth Townsend, The Australian National University [PDF, 276KB]
- Investment and Financial Services Association Ltd [PDF 81 KB]
- Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance [PDF, 85 KB]
- Medical Technology Association of Australia [PDF 35 KB]
- Minerals Council of Australia [PDF 339 KB]
- Music Council of Australia [PDF 44 KB]
- Music Council of Australia – further submission [PDF 39 KB]
- Screen Producers Association of Australia [PDF 13 KB]
- Sugar Australia
- Dr Kyla Tienhaara, Australian National University [PDF 239 KB]
- Winemakers’ Federation of Australia [PDF 46 KB]
Note: If you cannot access these files, please contact us and we will arrange to send you an alternative format.
Media releases and speeches
- 15 March 2010, Media release: Pushing forward with the Korean FTA and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Minister for Trade
- 14 November 2009, Media release: The Trans-Pacific Partnership – Moving Forward, Minister for Trade
- 26 November 2008, Ministerial Statement: The Trans Pacific Partnership: Australia to join efforts to promote free trade in the Asia Pacific, Minister for Trade
- 21 November 2008, Media release: APEC Ministers Build on G20 Leaders’ Momentum, Minister for Trade
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win ~ Mahatma Gandhi
World War III will be a global information war with no division between civilian & military participation ~ Marshall McLuhan
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