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The European Commission (EC) has gone public on the latest talks on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), which were held in New Zealand this week.
"While the participants recognise the importance of responding effectively to the challenge of internet piracy, they confirmed that no participant is proposing to require governments to mandate a 'graduated response' or 'three strikes' approach to copyright infringement on the internet" the EC said.
Interview of Jérémie Zimmermann about ACTA on DCTP-tv the 15th april 2010 in Berlin, during re:publica 2010 :
Speaking at a conference held by French telecoms regulator Arcep on Tuesday, Kroes said the internet was "not an inherently neutral platform". This means that European regulators have to make choices about whether to allow ISPs to prioritise certain types of online traffic, she added. [...]
Net neutrality broadly refers to the enforced equality of different types of internet traffic. Those in favour want all types treated the same by ISPs, so no type of traffic has its performance deliberately degraded. However, opponents of net neutrality want ISPs to be able to charge users premium rates for delivering services such as video at full quality, or to charge content providers such as the BBC for carrying their high-bandwidth video content. [...]
A major setback for those that claim piracy is having an adverse affect on the US economy: the US Government Accountability Office, who was tasked with reviewing the efforts to find out what, if any, impact piracy has on the US economy, has concluded that all of these studies - all of them - are bogus. Better yet - the GAO even goes as far as to say that piracy may have a positive effect on the economy.
"Some experts we interviewed and literature we reviewed identified potential positive economic effects of counterfeiting and piracy. Some consumers may knowingly purchase a counterfeit or pirated product because it is less expensive than the genuine good or because the genuine good is unavailable, and they may experience positive effects from such purchases," the GAO concludes[...]
Still, this doesn't mean piracy is not a problem - the GAO report calls it "sizeable" - it just means we haven't been able yet to really gauge its impact, contrary to what big content wants you (and your government) to believe.
We've all seen the studies trumpeting massive losses to the US economy from piracy. One famous figure, used literally for decades by rightsholders and the government, said that 750,000 jobs and up to $250 billion a year could be lost in the US economy thanks to IP infringement. A couple years ago, we thoroughly debunked that figure. For years, Business Software Alliance reports on software piracy assumed that each illicit copy was a lost sale. And the MPAA's own commissioned study on movie piracy turned out to overstate collegiate downloading by a factor of three.
Can we trust any of these claims about piracy?
The US doesn't think so. [...]
THIS WEEK a round of talks will take place in Wellington, New Zealand that could see Internet service providers turn into web police, charged with fighting copyright infringement.
In the light of this La Quadrature du Net, the French web liberty group, has issued a call to arms to netizens, asking them to put the "Stop ACTA!" alert graphic on their websites and sign the anti-ACTA Wellington declaration. [...]
"There is no way of influencing or checking the work of the ACTA negotiators," said Jérémie Zimmermann, spokesperson for La Quadrature du Net. "All the leaks show that their intent is to push for tougher sanctions on citizens and more legal insecurity over Internet actors."
The PublicACTA activists have been meeting in Wellington, New Zealand -- site of the next round of negotiations on the secret Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement -- drafting a declaration on how the next global copyright treaty should read, and how it should be negotiated.
The Declaration says that copyright treaties should preserve the flexibility to make unauthorised use for purposes consistent with the public interest, from criticism to education; it says that privacy should be protected in copyright law[...]
In short, the Wellington Declaration says a bunch of extremely sensible things that, if implemented, would give us a much better world.
Wielu Czytelnikom Dziennika Internautów nie trzeba przedstawiać ACTA. O porozumieniu tym pisaliśmy od roku 2008. ACTA, czyli Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, ma być międzynarodowym porozumieniem dotyczącym szeroko rozumianej własności intelektualnej. Obejmuje takie zagadnienia, jak podrabianie towarów, patenty, piractwo w internecie.
Grupa La Quadrature du Net zwróciła uwagę na to, że ujawnienie szkicu dokumentu to ważne wydarzenie, ale nie usprawiedliwia ono prób obejścia procesu demokratycznego.
- To wydanie pokazuje, jak efektywna może być masowa mobilizacja obywateli na całym globie. Wszystkie wycieki pokazały, że ACTA może niebezpiecznie utrudniać wolność wypowiedzi, dostęp do leków i innowacje w globalnym społeczeństwie wiedzy. To oficjalne wydanie sugeruje, że to nadal jest problemem. Musimy mocno sprzeciwić się niewybieranym oficjelom w opracowywaniu ich własnej polityki, która ma wpływ na ważne kwestie społeczne - mówi Jérémie Zimmermann, rzecznik grupy La Quadrature du Net.
A recently leaked European Council proposal seeks to create a "Great Firewall of Europe," instituted to block sites that depict the abuse of children. As with other censorwalls, it's unlikely that this will performed as intended, since paedophiles will circumvent it with proxies, or by using P2P or email or private websites to trade illegal material. But the creation of a continent-wide network censorship scheme is likely to cause new problems, inviting authorities to shoehorn ever-greater slices of the net into the "illegal" category -- this has already happened in Australia and other countries that have built Chinese-style censorship regimes.
One of the most nuanced and important challenges to the EC proposal has come from MOGiS e.V, a German organization of child-abuse survivors. They've issued a statement condemning the proposal on several grounds: first, that censorship is unlikely to attain its stated goals and will create new harms, and second (and most importantly), [...]
Die Vertreter der EU-Kommission wollen bei der nächsten geheimen Verhandlungsrunde zum "Anti-Piraterie"-Abkommen ACTA die Offenlegung der Verhandlungen fordern.
"Der Vertreter des Generaldirektorats Handel und Chefunterhändler der EU für das ACTA-Abkommen, Luc Devigne, bemühte sich nach Kräften, die gestellten Fragen nicht zu beantworten. Was Herr Devigne nicht sagte, war aussagekräftiger, als was er sagte", schrieb Jeremie Zimmermann von der französischen Bürgerrechtsorganisation La Quadrature du Net.
Auch bei diesem von der Kommission einberufenen Interessenträgertreffen zum umstrittenen "Anti-Piraterie"-Abkommen waren inhaltliche Auskünfte Mangelware. Das ist nichts Neues, sondern die von Beginn der Verhandlungen an praktizierte Geheimhaltungspolitik.