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G8 Pushes ACTA Completion By End of 2008

They may not want to tell anyone what the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement contains, but the G8 nations are willing to set a timeline for its completion.  In the final statement on IPRs today, the G8 leaders "encouraged the acceleration of negotiations to establish a new international legal framework, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), and seek to complete the negotiation by the end of this year."

6 Comments

  1. Chris Brand says:

    consultation responses ?
    Did the department publish the results of the token “consultation” about ACTA ? I can’t find anything on their website.

  2. Point 17)

    Protection of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)
    17. Effective promotion and protection of IPR are critical to the development of creative products, technologies and economies. We will advance existing anti-counterfeiting and piracy initiatives through, inter alia, promoting information exchange systems amongst our authorities, as well as developing non-binding Standards to be Employed by Customs for Uniform Rights Enforcement (SECURE) at the World Customs Organization. We encourage the acceleration of negotiations to establish a new international legal framework, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), and seek to complete the negotiation by the end of this year. We will promote practical cooperation between our countries to develop tools to combat new techniques in counterfeiting and piracy and spread best practices. We reaffirm our commitment on government use of software in full compliance with the relevant international agreements and call on other countries to follow our commitment.

    18. Firmly believing that an efficient and well-functioning IP system benefits countries at all stages of development, we:
    (a)reaffirm the importance of global patent harmonization and expanding international patent collaboration, including accelerated discussions on the Substantive Patent Law Treaty; and
    (b)welcome the progress achieved in the G8 technical assistance pilot plans as well as the launch of additional pilot plans and joint outreach programs for public awareness in these countries.

  3. Choice?
    The more I see how strong this stuff is getting pushed, the more I’m starting to wonder if there’s any opportunity to stop it. The general population seems more than happy to accept that pirates=terrorists and that it’s worth sacrificing our freedoms to stop them, not realizing that among the first freedoms to go will be the freedom to record hockey games.

  4. Bytowner says:

    Doubtful
    Once they figure out that the new rules mean “everyone=pirates”…

  5. How point 17 should read
    Their version.

    Protection of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

    17. Effective promotion and protection of IPR are critical to the development of creative products, technologies and economies. We will advance existing anti-counterfeiting and piracy initiatives through, inter alia, promoting information exchange systems amongst our authorities, as well as developing non-binding Standards to be Employed by Customs for Uniform Rights Enforcement (SECURE) at the World Customs Organization. We encourage the acceleration of negotiations to establish a new international legal framework, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), and seek to complete the negotiation by the end of this year.

    How it should really read:

    Effective promotion and protection of Government rights are critical to the development of creative monitoring, technologies and economies. We will advance existing anti-rights and anti-privacy initiatives through, inter alia, promoting information exchange systems amongst our authorities, as well as developing non-binding Standards to be Employed by Customs for Uniform Rights Enforcement (SECURE) at the World Customs Organization. We encourage the acceleration of negotiations to establish a new international legal framework, the Anti Citizens Telecommunications Agreement (ACTA), and seek to complete the negotiation by the end of this year.

  6. ACTA
    My take on the whole G8 ACTA issue which I published just before G8

    http://r-force.org/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=222&mode=thread&order=1&thold=0

    I hope Michael does not mind the link?