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Canadian ACTA Consultation Report Revealed

In an earlier post, I noted that the Department of Foreign Affairs will be holding a consultation meeting on ACTA next week.  DFAIT first consulted on ACTA in the spring of 2008.  While I discussed some of the findings based on documents obtained under the Access to Information Act, I […]

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April 3, 2009 16 comments News

DFAIT Consults on Canada – EU Trade Agreement

Howard Knopf points to a DFAIT consultation – with a deadline of tomorrow – on a possible trade agreement between Canada and the EU.  Intellectual property figures prominently in the discussion.  Note that DFAIT continues to accept comments on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), which is being treated as an […]

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January 19, 2009 1 comment Must Reads

Government Planning “Insider” ACTA Group

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the leaders of G8 countries closed their recent summit in Hokkaido, Japan by encouraging "the acceleration of negotiations to establish a new international legal framework, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), and seek to complete the negotiation by the end of this year."  The decision to fast-track the controversial ACTA has led to new momentum for the still-secret treaty as the Australian government recently disclosed that a new round of negotiations will commence this week.

My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) reveals that alongside the negotiations, officials have been developing plans to establish an "insider" group comprised solely of government departments and industry lobby groups who would be provided with special access to treaty documentation and discussion.  According to documents obtained under the Access to Information Act, the government has been crafting an Intellectual Property and Trade Advisory Group. The initial plans for membership in the group were limited exclusively to 12 government departments and 14 industry lobby groups.  These include the Canadian Recording Industry Association, the Canadian Motion Picture and Distributors Association, and the Entertainment Software Association of Canada.

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July 28, 2008 14 comments Columns

Public Left Out Of ACTA Talks

Appeared in the Toronto Star on July 28, 2008 as Public Left Out of Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Talks Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the leaders of G8 countries closed their recent summit in Hokkaido, Japan by encouraging "the acceleration of negotiations to establish a new international legal framework, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade […]

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July 28, 2008 4 comments Columns Archive

USTR Posts ACTA Submissions

The USTR has posted four volumes of public submissions on its Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement consultation.  By contrast, Canada's DFAIT, which conducted a similar consultation this spring, offers only complete silence.

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July 16, 2008 Comments are Disabled Must Reads