Archive for November 19th, 2009

Why The Lack of ACTA Transparency Is Not Standard

In the face of widespread criticism of the lack of ACTA transparency, participating governments and music industry lobbyists have claimed that the transparency issue is much ado about nothing.  As governments seek to keep relevant information secret, those same governments released a joint statement last week arguing that "it is accepted practice during trade negotiations among sovereign states to not share negotiating texts with the public at large, particularly at earlier stages of the negotiation."

It is important to emphatically state that this is simply not the case for many multilateral agreements and the activities of international organizations that typically serve as the forum for global agreement discussions.  U.S. NGO groups have made a strong case for how ACTA's lack of transparency is out-of-step with many other global norm setting exercises.  With regard to international fora, they note that the WTO, WIPO, WHO, UNCITRAL, UNIDROIT, UNCTAD, OECD, Hague Conference on Private International Law, and an assortment of other conventions have all been far more open than ACTA.  For example, it notes that the WIPO Internet treaties, which offer the closest substantive parallel to the ACTA Internet provisions, were by comparison very transparent:

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November 19, 2009 9 comments News

Stopping the ACTA Juggernaut

EFF's Eddan Katz posts a great U.S. legislative analysis of ACTA complete with dozens of links to underlying documents and reports.

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November 19, 2009 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

Bannerman on the ACTA Choice

Sara Bannerman has an interesting post on whether to participate or walk away from ACTA.

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November 19, 2009 2 comments Must Reads

Telus Sues Rogers Over Ad Claims

Telus has filed suit against Rogers over advertisements claiming that Rogers has "Canada's fastest network."  Telus argues that claims have been false since it launched its new network.

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November 19, 2009 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

Spain Codifies Legal Right to Broadband

Reuters reports that Spain has followed the Finnish lead by codifying a legal right to broadband.  All citizens will have the right to buy at least 1 MB at a regulated price.

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November 19, 2009 2 comments Must Reads