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NDP MP Charlie Angus Demands ACTA Answers

NDP MP Charlie Angus used the launch of the ACTA talks in Mexico to issue a four-page letter to International Trade Minister Peter Van Loan demanding answers on ACTA.  The letter challenges the government's secretive approach on ACTA and delves into a wide range of substantive issues including the prospect […]

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January 27, 2010 4 comments News

Legislators Worldwide Asking Questions About ACTA

Legislators around the world are demanding more information on the secret Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.  French Deputy Nicolas Dupont-Aignan raised ACTA questions in the National Assembly late last year, expressing concerns about a global three-strikes and you're out approach, increased costs for medicines, and the lack of transparency associated with the process.

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden goes even further in a letter to the USTR this week that seeks answers to nearly a dozen questions about ACTA. Wyden asks about:

  • possible constraints on domestic U.S. law reforms
  • ensuring ACTA does not interfere with public health flexibilities in TRIPs
  • the definition of counterfeit
  • concerns about the inclusion of patents within ACTA
  • the role of ISPs in ACTA
  • whether increased monitoring of subscriber usage is envisioned by ACTA
  • the privacy impact of ACTA
  • details on border measures provisions
  • third party liability for IP infringement
  • possible commitments worldwide to comply with the DMCA

Wyden is not the first U.S. senator to raise questions about ACTA.  Last year, Senators Bernie Sanders and Sherrod Brown also wrote to the USTR as did Senators Pat Leahy and Arlen Specter in 2008.

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January 8, 2010 13 comments News

Angus Calls on Clement to Require Net Neutrality Checks

SaveOurNet.ca points to a letter written by NDP MP Charlie Angus to Industry Minister Tony Clement late last year on net neutrality.  The money paragraph focuses on the enforcement side of the CRTC's Internet traffic management guidelines: I urge you to do what is in your power to curtail ISP's […]

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January 7, 2010 4 comments News

Ten Players Who Will Shape Tech Law and Policy in 2010

Appeared in the Toronto Star on January 4, 2010 as The Ten Players Who Will Shape Technology Law Predictions about future technology law and policy developments are always fraught with uncertainty, yet identifying the key players is a somewhat easier chore.  Although Parliament is not scheduled to resume until March, […]

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January 4, 2010 1 comment Columns Archive

Angus Op-Ed on ACTA

The Georgia Straight features an editorial on ACTA by NDP MP Charlie Angus.  His conclusion: the Tories have to come clean on ACTA. This treaty spells bad news for citizens, democratic rights, and the development of an innovation agenda. Canadian citizens need to get active and fight back. As it […]

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December 9, 2009 1 comment Must Reads