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    EP Legal Service Issues Opinion On Release of ACTA Docs to EP

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    Tuesday June 01, 2010
    The European Parliament Legal Service has issued a legal opinion on the disclosure of ACTA documents to the European Parliament.  It concludes that persistent failure to do so could lead to legal action.
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    European Parliament Passes Resolution Calling on Canada To Support Moving ACTA to WIPO

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    Thursday May 06, 2010
    With the Canada - European Union summit underway this week, the European Parliament has just passed a resolution that calls on Canada to support even greater ACTA transparency and to shift the negotiations to an international organization such as WIPO.  The full paragraph within the resolution states that the European Parliament:

    Hopes that Canada will fully support the EU's request to open up the ACTA negotiations to public scrutiny, as it requested in its resolution of 10 March 2010, and to have those negotiations conducted under the auspices of an international organisation, the most suitable being WIPO;

    In the aftermath of its success in promoting release of the ACTA draft text, it is interesting to see the European Parliament becoming increasingly vocal about the ACTA negotiations.  Canada has remained generally silent on these issues and the EP resolution may help coax out a response.
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    The Truth About ACTA

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    Thursday April 08, 2010

    Earlier this week, I spoke at a hearing on ACTA at the European Parliament.  Media coverage of the talk is available here.  The slides are posted below with full audio and video to come shortly.



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    European Parliament ACTA Resolution Passes Overwhelmingly, Threatens Possible Court Action

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    Wednesday March 10, 2010
    The European Parliament today overwhelming approved a resolution on ACTA calling for transparency and raising concerns about substantive elements in the treaty such as the prospect of three strikes and personal border searches.  The final vote was 633 in favour, 13 against, and 16 abstentions.  The final approved text raises further issues:
    • the European Parliament "deplores the calculated choice of the parties not to negotiate through well-established international bodies, such as WIPO and WTO, which have established frameworks for public information and consultation"
    • It says "further ACTA negotiations should include a larger number of developing and emerging countries, with a view to reaching a possible multilateral level of negotiation"
    • provides that "any agreement must include the stipulation that the closing-off of an individual’s Internet access shall be subject to prior examination by a court"
    • warns that "ACTA provisions, notably measures aimed at strengthening powers for cross-border inspection and seizure of goods, should not affect global access to legitimate, affordable and safe medicinal products – including innovative and generic products – on the pretext of combating counterfeiting"
    As for next steps, the European Parliament clearly wants action as the resolution also states that it "stresses that, unless Parliament is immediately and fully informed at all stages of the negotiations, it reserves its right to take suitable action, including bringing a case before the Court of Justice in order to safeguard its prerogatives."   This marks a major step toward ACTA transparency, highlighting the near-unanimous discomfort with the process and substance of ACTA to date.
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