The Age is reporting that a Parliamentary committee has “struck down” Australia’s signing of ACTA. As it turns out, the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties has unanimously recommended that Australia should not ratify ACTA at this time. Recommendation 8 states: That the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement not be ratified by Australia until the: Joint Standing Committee on Treaties has received and considered the independent and transparent assessment of the economic and social benefits and.. Read More
Last Saturday, while half of us were trying not to watch Meat Loaf earn a reported $500,ooo (here, here or here) or tweeting, the Minister for Trade travelled to Japan to sign ACTA (the Department’s home page currently has a photograph of the actual signing). According to the Minister’s Press Release: The implementation of ACTA will not require legislative changes in Australia. Rather, trading partners will adapt their laws to the high standards of.. Read More
According to this press release from Trade Minister Craig Emerson, ACTA was finalised overnight. A pdf of the finalised text (subject to legal review) may be downloaded here. DFAT’s previously advertised information sessions will apparently continue.
DFAT is holding “information sessions” on the published ACTA text: on 12 November in Canberra on 18 November in Sydney on 24 November in Melbourne. For the email link to RSVP and further details, including a pdf of the Consolidated Text, go here.
Terry Hart embarks on a fairly detailed comparison of (what was known about the draft) ACTA and US copyright law to see how much would need to change “ACTA: Thought for FUD” in 4 parts Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 One might well be very sceptical about something being negotiated “in private”. Nonetheless, if you get past the reliance on proposed art. 1.2 as “not requiring new laws”, it is.. Read More
DFAT (the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) will be holding “whole of government” consultations on the draft ACTA text on 11 June 2010 in Canberra, commencing at 10.00a.m. If you’re a stakeholder wanting to be consulted, register by COB 9 June. For the contact “co-ordinates”, here. For the draft ACTA text and other interesting ACTA-tidbits, here.
DFAT ‘welcomes‘ the release of the draft ACTA text: http://www.dfat.gov.au/trade/acta/index.html Draft text (pdf) (Post updated to tidy up the links on 29/4)
Michael Geist has a link to the leaked EU comments on the chapter for third party liability on the internet – being drafted by the USA. The Guardian has weighed into the debate. Kim Weatherall has emerged from her self-imposed seclusion to comment here, here and here. DFAT’s must recent summary and overview of key elements. Anondyne USTR statement.
Selected microblog posts from the past week: RT @VogeleLaw: Found: Mary Beth Peter’s testimony (via @cathygellis – thanks!) http://bit.ly/Cijau #gbs_hearing [US Copyright Register opposes Google Book Settlement] Google Book in the EU? http://ff.im/-7OYfA RT @MegLG: A Billion Dollar Test of the DMCA Safe Harbors in Viacom v YouTube http://ow.ly/om66 via Cyberlaw Cases RT @michaelgeist: Microsoft wins stay of injunction on Word. Case arises from patent claim by Toronto’s i4i.http://bit.ly/oDmLU IP Think Tank Blog looks at i4i v.. Read More
The USTR has released a 6 page (pdf) outline of issues being dealt with under the proposed ACTA. Link via Intellectual Property Watch. The IP Dragon has links to a 48 page document with rather more information. More tea leaf sifting here.