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EC’s ACTA Negotiator Devigne: Rejected U.S. “Blackmail”

Luc Devigne, the European Commission's lead ACTA negotiator, recently appeared before the International Trade Committee which brought together Members of the European Parliament and ACTA negotiators.  Sources say Devigne revealed several key things: the release of the draft ACTA text may be a one-time deal. There are no current plans […]

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May 12, 2010 3 comments News

ALDE Hearing on ACTA in Brussels

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to participate in a hearing on ACTA in Brussels sponsored by Members of the European Parliament Alexander Alvaro and Marietje Schaake.  Other participants included Luc Devigne, the head of the European ACTA delegation, and representatives from eBay and EuroISPA.  The full video of the hearing is posted below.  My presentation begins just after the 5:00 minute mark.

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April 29, 2010 4 comments Committees, News, Video

The EU ACTA Consultation: European Commission vs. European Parliament

The European Commission hosted a fascinating consultation on ACTA today.  Luc Devigne, the lead European negotiator, opened with a brief presentation and proceeded to field questions for over an hour.  The full consultation video is available online.  The discussion touched on many issues including Devigne arguing that the WTO consistently blocked any attempt to address IP enforcement issues and stating that the treaty is limited to enforcement and not new substantive provisions (this assumes that anti-circumvention rules are a matter of enforcement, not substance).

The two big issues of the day, however, were three strikes and the European Parliament ACTA resolution. On three strikes, Devigne repeatedly stated that the EU was bound by EU law and that it was not supporting any inclusion of three strikes in ACTA.  In fact, Devigne went further in claiming that no one had even proposed the possibility of three strikes.  This despite the fact that a memo produced by his own department stated:

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March 22, 2010 6 comments News