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    Romania Will Not Ratify ACTA

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    Tuesday May 22, 2012
    Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta says his country will not ratify the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement unless the European Parliament modifies the agreement. Since the EP does not have the power to amend ACTA, that makes ratification unlikely.
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    EU Commissioner: ACTA Effectively Dead

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    Monday May 07, 2012
    EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes spoke at a Berlin conference and acknowledged what has become increasingly apparent: ACTA is going to be defeated by the European Parliament. Kroes stated:

    We have recently seen how many thousands of people are willing to protest against rules which they see as constraining the openness and innovation of the Internet. This is a strong new political voice. And as a force for openness, I welcome it, even if I do not always agree with everything it says on every subject. We are now likely to be in a world without SOPA and without ACTA. Now we need to find solutions to make the Internet a place of freedom, openness, and innovation fit for all citizens, not just for the techno avant-garde.
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    European Data Protection Supervisor Slams ACTA on Privacy Grounds

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    Wednesday April 25, 2012
    The European Data Protection Supervisor has issued a new opinion on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, expressing serious concerns about the impact of the agreement on privacy and data protection (a prior opinion was released in 2010). The EDPS states:

    Many of the measures that could be implemented in the context of Articles 27(3) and 27(4) of ACTA would involve a form of monitoring of individuals' use of the Internet, whether by detecting actual IP rights infringements or by trying to prevent any future infringements. In many cases, the monitoring would be carried out by right holders or right holders' associations and third parties acting on their behalf, although they often seek to delegate such task to ISPs.


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    Kenya High Court Rules Anti-Counterfeiting Statute Unconstitutional

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    Monday April 23, 2012
    Kenya's High Court has ruled that the Kenya Anti-Counterfeit Act of 2008 violates that country's constitution because it threatens access to life-saving generic medicines. The law includes a very expansive definition of counterfeiting, which raises serious concerns among access to medicines groups.  The Constitutional Court of Kenya had previously barred the government from implementing the law until the issue - first filed by three people living with HIV - was addressed.
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