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November 01 2012

surveyork
03:32
In an interview with viEUws, the European Commissioner for Trade, Karel De Gucht, affirms that Europe wants to close the Canadian-European Trade Agreement (CETA) by the end of this year—which would have been today, since the European calendar year ends on October 31.1 CETA is a trade agreement designed to strengthen economic ties between Canada and the EU through “free” trade and increased investment. However, hidden within this treaty are intellectual property provisions that were essentially taken word-for-word from ACTA. And just like its close cousins, ACTA, KORUS, and TPP—and other trade agreements that are applauded by the entertainment industry for carrying expansive intellectual property provisions—CETA is being negotiated in secret.

October 11 2012

surveyork
14:03

September 01 2012

surveyork
08:03

August 26 2012

surveyork
13:36

TPP article 16.3 mandates a system of ISP liability that goes beyond the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) standards and US case law. In sum, the TPP pushes a framework beyond ACTA[1] and possibly the spirit of the DMCA, since it opens the doors for:

  • Three-strikes policies and laws that require Internet intermediaries to terminate their users’ Internet access on repeat allegations of copyright infringement
  • Requirements for Internet intermediaries to filter all Internet communications for potentially copyright-infringing material
  • ISP obligations to block access to websites that allegedly infringe or facilitate copyright infringement
  • Efforts to force intermediaries to disclose the identities of their customers to IP rightsholders on an allegation of copyright infringement.
surveyork
13:34
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is the son of ACTA, a secretive copyright and trade treaty being negotiated by the Pacific Rim nations, including the USA and Canada. As with ACTA, the secretive negotiation process means that the treaty's provisions represent an extremist corporate agenda where due process, privacy and free expression are tossed out the window in favor of streamlined copyright enforcement. If this passes, America will have a trade obligation to implement all the worst stuff in SOPA, and then some.

August 18 2012

surveyork
09:18

FACT, not public officials in the UK, was the driving force behind Vickerman's prosecution. Indeed, FACT effectively took on the role of a private law enforcement agency. Private investigators hired by FACT first identified Vickerman as the administrator of STC and built the case against him. His assets were frozen at FACT's request by a government agency—which was itself funded by FACT. And when the UK's public prosecutors decided not to press charges against Vickerman at all, FACT initiated a criminal prosecution on its own dime.

This is a new development for anti-piracy efforts. Organizations like the MPAA, RIAA, IFPA, and FACT have long lobbied law enforcement officials to prosecute "rogue sites" and have provided them with information and logistical support to do so. But public prosecutors generally have the final say on who will be indicted. In the Vickerman case, the public prosecutors concluded that there wasn't enough evidence to merit prosecution. FACT disagreed and invoked what one lawyer told us is an "archaic right" for a private organization to bring criminal prosecutions against other private parties.

August 11 2012

surveyork
18:09

August 07 2012

surveyork
04:47

July 26 2012

surveyork
05:19

July 15 2012

surveyork
17:16

July 06 2012

surveyork
21:18

June 25 2012

surveyork
03:48

June 04 2012

surveyork
17:47
Today, the European Parliament’s last advisory committee had its say on ACTA – the Development Committee, overseeing third world development and world health issues. It joined its previous committees in recommending that the European Parliament rejects ACTA.
Development Committee in European Parliament Also Rejects ACTA - Falkvinge on Infopolicy

May 31 2012

surveyork
18:46
Three key EU committees have voted against the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (Acta).
BBC News - Acta: Piracy treaty dealt critical blows in EU votes

May 22 2012

surveyork
23:57
surveyork
23:43

May 07 2012

surveyork
16:11
surveyork
00:41
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After its success in Berlin and Saarland, the German Pirate Party - whose policies focus on freedom of information in the digital sphere - has managed to win seats in the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein. Following Sunday's election, the Pirates walked away with over 8 percent of the votes.

May 06 2012

surveyork
09:32

May 05 2012

surveyork
12:27
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