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The Leaked ACTA Document

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Friday November 06, 2009

As the ACTA story begins to capture mainstream media attention (front page of the Ottawa Citizen, coverage from the Washington Post, NZ Herald, the Atlantic, Wired), the press release from the now-concluded Seoul talks should be released shortly [update: release out, exactly as predicted].  If the past releases are any indication, it will thank the Korean government and blandly describe the talks on Internet and criminal provisions.  More informative is the actual document that served as the basis for my postings earlier this week.  It is embedded below (direct PDF download).


 

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crade said:

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So much for hope!
November 06, 2009

WHINER said:

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Can't download it - and yes I have a SCRIBD account
November 06, 2009

Not happy said:

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Just hope this leak does not result in a take down. (Oh the irony!)

I dislike having SCRIBED polluting google search results...
November 06, 2009

Spike said:

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Sadly Canada is showing no signs of backing down on this out of touch with reality written piece of garbage.
November 06, 2009

Jeff M. said:

Links
hxxp://senduit.com/8f719c

hxxp://thepiratebay.org/torrent/5150544/Anti-Counterfeiting-Trade_Agreement-LEAKED-PDF

Change hxxp to http
November 06, 2009

Tim said:

Funky link
Points to bugmenot, can't figure out how to use the form.
November 06, 2009

Michael Geist said:

Direct download now available
Sorry for the problems with the Scribd version. A direct PDF download now available.
November 06, 2009

concerned said:

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Thank you for the pdf link and embed Michael.
November 06, 2009

Simon said:

What can we do
So what can we do, organize? demonstrate?? run through the streets screaming bloody murder???? help??
November 06, 2009

Scilon Inflitrator said:

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You're doomed. All of you!

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November 06, 2009

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Dennis Nilsson said:

The Burning of the Library of Alexandria
Should we let todays crazymaniacs to "burn" the Internet, world greatest archive of knowledge, like yesterday crazymaniacs was doing with the great library in Alexandria!?

http://ehistory.osu.edu/world/articles/ArticleView.cfm?AID=9
November 07, 2009

Anonymous said:

LOLWUT?!?
No. Fucking. Way.
November 07, 2009

It's not that bad... said:

...it's worse! They can make the actual law itself a protected copyrighted document!
Think I'm joking?? See this Slashdot article:
[Title: Is Law Copyrighted?]
http://slashdot.org/yro/01/05/13/1921223.shtml

So they can simply make everyone an 'unauthorized person', unable legally to view the actual text of the enacted law.

Which actually happened when someone outside the U.S. found an exploit and slapped the DMCA on it, making it illegal for anyone in the U.S. to read it.
November 07, 2009

Christer said:

End of Internet
Thanks for this post! It seems like ACTA will put an end to Internet and free speach. The US government makes hte wave as the last fascist regim in the western world. USA as the land of the frees is a total joke!
November 08, 2009

coefficient said:

a question about the ottawa citizen article...
okay, so the ottawa citizen article said that it only requires a minister's signature to pass ACTA into law. does Parliament not have to ratify it? i understand that under a majority government it would be a technicality, unless more backbenchers than i would expect stood on principle to vote it down, but we currently have a minority parliament and i could see the bloc and ndp standing against it, at least.

further, how on earth would the signing of the treaty usher the criminal provisions into law? or even the civil provisions? suits and criminal cases all have to be pursued under an act of parliament... you can't exactly charge someone under the anti-counterfeiting trade agreement, after all. it seems to me that after signing ACTA the government would then have to amend the copyright act, which would require three readings as well as a committee process with massive consultations as the opposition takes full advantage to rally to them the vote of everyone who's ever downloaded music, which is pretty much every single person under 40. so we wouldn't see acta provisions in place in canada until 2011, probably, assuming a 2010 treaty signing. or am i off about this?
November 08, 2009

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November 08, 2009

Robocat said:

Action
Write letter to your local politicians and Obama saying that you do not approve.
November 09, 2009

Paul E. Merrell, J.D. said:

Law not copyrightable in the U.S.
@ "...it's worse! They can make the actual law itself a protected copyrighted document!
Think I'm joking?? See this Slashdot article:
[Title: Is Law Copyrighted?]
http://slashdot.org/yro/01/05/13/1921223.shtml "

The U.S. District Court decision referred to in the Slashdot article was later reversed on appeal. Veeck v. Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc., 293 F.3d 791 (5th Cir. 2004 en banc), http://cases.justia.com/us-cou...1/521953/, cert. den., 123 S.Ct. 2636, 156 L.Ed.2d 674.

The Supreme Court has never ruled directly on that issue. But there is a very large body of case law in the U.S. holding that copying of law is not subject to copyright infringement claims.
November 25, 2009

Jeremy said:

Backfire
If the rise of the free & open knowledge society brought about the beginning of increased awareness, the fall of free & open knowledge will finish the job. They will cause a worldwide conflagration of awareness because people recognize the value of free & open information! Bring it on, ACTA!
January 23, 2010

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Jeroen said:

Contact your politicians
I think it is wise for all of us (all arround the world) to contact both the political parties in your country and your ISP to not only get to know what their perspective on this is, but maybe even to take a stand against this.

We should also spread this information. Speak about it with your friends and collegea's. If it is not an issue for them then make it one.
March 22, 2010

Alex said:

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This is sick. It is terrible to me that they must have secret underground leaks of what our government is doing behind our backs. The united states? ? Has is come to this?
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destroy said:

end that stupid sopa and acta.
THATS SOPA AND ACTA WANT DESTROY INTERNET. SPEAK NO THEY. DESTROY THEIR THINGS. WE KNOW WHAT IS POLICE HOUR AND WE DONT WANT IT ON INTERNET!!!!!! IF THEY WIN WE WILL LOST INTERNET!!!!!! STOP THEIR THINGS. ANGRY PEOPLE = PUBLIC STRIKES = DESTROYED EUROPE AND AMERICA. STOP IT BEFORE THAT!
January 20, 2012

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