|Update: 18th October
Report from a civil society meeting in Geneva on 28 June 2010
about the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)
Update: 18th October 2010 see also the
online version of the book entitled Against
Intellectual Monopoly by Michele
Boldrin and David K.
Levine (esp. Chapter 4 and pp.258-259 in Ch.10).
2010 per BRIDGES Weekly from ICTSD
Official treaty draft text released after
previous meeting in New Zealand (in PDF)
Civil society concerns can be organized into two main areas:
- the treaty chapter on border measures
beyond counterfeit trademarks to involve a redefinition of
infringements, and hence the exception to the strict IPR provisions
negotiated at the WTO called Access to Essential Medicines (HIV/AIDS)
- "In 2005, WTO members led by the EU agreed an amendment
to the TRIPS
- Disturbingly a shipment of HIV/AIDS drugs
recently in transit was seized in the Netherlands and 50% of it
- Speaker Sean Flynn referred to his very
informative Website, www.pijip.org
- the treaty chapter on the Internet possibly
involving take-down provisions because of alleged copyright infringement
- European Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are said to be
concerned about the future of two EU directives: one on e-commerce and
one on data protection, the latter including an exception for data
processed in a jurisdiction outside the EU that is
"safe harbor", as reported ina current article by IP-Watch.
The two concepts of the innocent "conduit" and the
"safe harbor" for data are explained on this law site.
- Speaker Michael Geist referred to his very informative
- The Article 29 Working Party, set up as an independent
European advisory body on data protection under the 1995 Privacy
Directive, has expressed its concerns in this PDF dated 2010 July 15:
"However the way things stand now, several of
the proposed measures are in the end bound to interfere with the
private life of many citizens".
Speakers from China, Pakistan and India (appearing in their personal
capacity) were generally critical of the ACTA negotiations, in which
their countries are not included. China and India are bringing a
complaint to this effect at the WTO. The WTO was represented on the
programme; WIPO was said to have declined an invitation by the
Speaker Viviana Muñoz Tellez from the South Centre presented
interesting table of related initiatives (which is reproduced
Dispute Settlement Mechanism
||U.S. Sp. 301 Report
||World Customs Organization
|Global Congress on Anti-counterfeiting and Piracy
||Universal Postal Union
Counterfeit medicines are a growing threat according to:
7th October 2010
up to http://www.wsis.ethz.ch/seri.htm
member page Thomas Ruddy
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