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Press review about CETA

[ComputerWorldUK] TTIP Update XIX

Glyn Moody describes how, following a recent leak of the ISDS chapter of the CETA treaty, was analysed and an important loophole was discovered. Because of this, Moody writes, "Rupert Schlegelmilch, director of services, investment and procurement at DG Trade, speaking on behalf of the Commission [...] the EU is rethinking a “Most Favoured Nation” (MFN) article in the CETA investment chapter that new analysis suggests undermines much of the more careful language in the treaty relating to a government's ability to regulate.

[30C3] Investor-to-state Dispute Settlement: A Threat To Democracy

Lightning conference that Ante gave at the 30C3, the 30th Chaos communication conference of the German CCC, in Hamburg on 28 December 2013.

[ComputerworldUK] TTIP Update XVII

[...] President Obama nominated Robert Holleyman as deputy U.S. trade representative. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Holleyman will help lead the effort to pass the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. [...] Holleyman is a former lobbyist who led efforts to pass the Stop Online Piracy Act legislation, better known as SOPA [...] Holleyman [...] is no friend of open source.

[GlobalPost] Canadians to see Canada-EU free trade pact legal text soon, says Fast

[...] The legal text of the Canada-European Union free trade agreement will be ready for Canadians to examine soon, possibly in the next month or two, federal Trade Minister Ed Fast said Friday.

The agreement was signed amidst much fanfare in mid-October, but finalizing the text and putting it into legal language has taken time. [...]

[FFII] Tentative remarks on leaked CETA IP chapter

Ante Wessels' analysis of the recent leak of CETA published by the German Pirate Party. He states that as European Intellectual Property laws are already not good, they should not be exported. Instead "The FFII called upon the EU commission to solve such problems and make EU law compatible with the UN International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR)."

[EurActiv] TTIP 'challenged' by environmental critics, EU says

Plans for a sweeping EU-US free trade deal known as TTIP risk being blown off course by civil society fears about the damage it could wreak on environmental and social protections, according to a leaked EU document seen by EurActiv. [...]

[NYTimes] No Big Deal

[...] [Krugman] The first thing you need to know about trade deals in general is that they aren’t what they used to be. The glory days of trade negotiations — the days of deals like the Kennedy Round of the 1960s, which sharply reduced tariffs around the world — are long behind us.

[...] But the fact remains that, these days, “trade agreements” are mainly about other things. What they’re really about, in particular, is property rights — things like the ability to enforce patents on drugs and copyrights on movies.

[ComputerworldUK] TTIP Update XIV

Glyn Moody writes that although the European Commission put investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) on hold in order to allow a public consultation, he suspects strongly that "the European Commission will only make a few tiny cosmetic changes to its plans - which it will nonetheless trumpet loudly."

[FT] Top Democrat puts Obama trade deals in doubt

President Barack Obama’s push to strike trade deals with the European Union [TTIP/TAFTA] and 11 Pacific Rim nations [TPP] was put in jeopardy after the top Democrat in Congress quashed the idea of giving the White House congressional approval to negotiate the pacts.

Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, said he opposed legislation known as Trade Promotion Authority [TPA], which sets a swift timeline for trade bills and prevents amendments that would slow them down or modify their contents.

[Techdirt] Canadian Government Refuses To Release Any Text Of CETA, While Claiming It's Mostly Finished

Back in November, we reported that the EU and Canada were claiming that "a political agreement" on the key elements of the Canada-EU trade agreement, CETA, had been reached. One of the supposed reasons why the negotiations were being conducted in secret was that it was "obviously" not possible to release texts while talks were still going on -- even though that is precisely how WIPO operates. So, now that key parts of the CETA have been agreed upon, presumably the public will finally get to see at least those sections of the text, right?

[TheTyee] What's Fake about Canada's Anti-Counterfeiting Bill

Bill C-56 seems natural to support on surface but hides dangerous measures. [...]

The substance of the bill is cause for concern, yet what has many up in arms is that the bill signals Canada intention to implement ACTA. [...]

[RussiaToday] Paving way for ACTA? Canada considers anti-counterfeit bill encouraged by US

Canada has introduced a bill strongly resembling the Anti-Counterfeit Trade Agreement (ACTA), prompting speculation that authorities were prepared to ratify the notorious legislation. [...]

According to Ottawa, Bill C-56 or Combating Counterfeit Products Act, is aimed at countering harmful counterfeiting activities, much like the international ACTA treaty. [...]

The bill has raised fears that Canada may be preparing to ratify ACTA. Washington has recently encouraged Ottawa to comply with the notorious agreement. [...]

[SPIEGEL ] European Activists Could Thwart US-EU Trade Deal

Consumer watchdogs, Internet activists and European farmers are gearing up to fight the planned trade agreement between Europe and the United States. Many in Europe are worried that politicians will make backroom deals at the expense of consumers. [...]

[PCWorld] EU backs away from copyright sanctions in Canada trade deal

Following a meeting of the European Union member states on Oct. 5, leaked documents have shown this week that the E.U. plans to back away from criminal sanctions in its copyright agreement with Canada. [...]