Archive for November 9th, 2010

EU: ACTA Digital Lock Rules Don’t Cover Access Controls

Newly leaked documents produced by the European Commission provide insight into the EU’s view on the ACTA Internet enforcement chapter.  The analysis confirms what should be obvious from the text – ACTA retains the flexibility that exists at international law in the digital lock rules by linking circumvention with copyright infringement.  The EU interpretation again demonstrates that the Bill C-32 digital lock rules go far beyond what is required within WIPO and now within ACTA.  Indeed, the European Commission states unequivocally that ACTA does not cover access controls nor acts not prohibited by copyright (would could include fair dealing).  This provides further evidence that compromise language that links circumvention with actual copyright infringement is possible within Bill C-32 that will still allow Canada to be compliant with WIPO and ACTA.

The full European Commission analysis:

As far as technical protection measures (TPMs) are concerned the aim of this provision is that only circumvention undertaken to commit an IP infringement can be made subject to civil or criminal liability.

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November 9, 2010 9 comments News

ACTA Conclusion Nears With “Technical Round” Set For Late November

Newly leaked documents from the European Union shed new light into the latest ACTA developments, indicating that the U.S. and E.U. are nearing agreement on the outstanding issues and that a further “technical round” – seemingly round 12 by another name – is set for Sydney, Australia from November 30th […]

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It All Comes Down to This on Copyright?

I speak to Jesse Brown on Bill C-32 and the prospect that it will become law in this week’s Search Engine podcast.

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November 9, 2010 1 comment News