The State of Play On ACTA in the EU

On 15th November the parties negotiating the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (Australia, Canada, EU, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, and the U.S.) published the finalized version of the agreement. At the end of November, a so-called technical meeting to finalize the legal wording will take place in Sydney. Today, as a step to clear the…

EU Postpones Further Net Neutrality Action For Now

European regulators said Thursday the EU, many of whose member states already have rules to prevent network operators from discriminating against other Internet access providers, would not enact additional rules on net neutrality for now. Europe already has more extensive regulation of last mile broadband access than does the United States, and competition among providers…

CCIA Files Comments With French Government’s P2P Infringement Agency

On Friday the Computer & Communications Industry Association’s Executive Vice President Erika Mann wrote the French copyright enforcement authority, HADOPI, expressing concern about the unintended consequences of a software specification related to the country’s so-called “3 Strikes” law. HADOPI has asked stakeholders to comment by Oct. 30 on proposed technical characteristics of software that users could be…

CCIA Files Comments With French Government's P2P Infringement Agency

On Friday the Computer & Communications Industry Association’s Executive Vice President Erika Mann wrote the French copyright enforcement authority, HADOPI, expressing concern about the unintended consequences of a software specification related to the country’s so-called “3 Strikes” law. HADOPI has asked stakeholders to comment by Oct. 30 on proposed technical characteristics of software that users could be…

European Parliament Demands ACTA Draft After EC Says Language Nearly Final

Members of the European Parliament are angered the European Commission has announced agreement on final language for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement – without revealing what’s in the latest draft of the secret, controversial document. Several members released a joint statement demanding the EC release the text of the international agreement that would add new policing measures on…

Latest ACTA Draft An Improvement, But Does Not Fix Disharmony In International Laws On Copyright Limitations And Exceptions: CCIA

The European Parliament has adopted a resolution today that shows the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement may face an uphill battle getting approval in Europe. Written Declaration 12 denounces the secrecy of the international agreement that aims to increase intellectual property enforcement and also warns that the proposed agreement could harm fundamental freedoms and the ecosystem of the Internet.…