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.. Read More
This is a bit behind as it happened over the break: The “tobacco plain packaging” legislation became law last December and, as you will recall, Philip Morris Asia has initiated an arbitration proceeding under the Australia-Hong Kong Investment Treaty. Australia filed its “defence” late in December, alleging that Philip Morris Asia bought the assets in question after the Government’s plans were known and so hasn’t lost any value: Prof. Davison.. Read More
Phillip Morris has announced that it plans to sue Australia under the Australia-Hong Kong (SA) Bilateral Investment Treaty over the planned plain packaging legislation. What the Government is proposing to do Under the proposed Tobacco Plain Packaging Bill 2011, tobacco companies would be required to adopt a prescribed form of packaging for tobacco products. In its most recent form, this would involve all tobacco companies using the same olive brown.. Read More
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.
William Lye has a comprehensive report on the conclusion of the latest round of WIPO’s Standing Committee on Copyright – a late agreement: to address a proposed treaty on copyright exceptions for visually impaired persons and others; and for renewed focus on the rights of audio-visual performances; and to continue discussion on the need to protect (badly misunderstood) broadcasters. William Lye’s report here; the Chairman’s draft conclusions here. The discussion.. Read More