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JL
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Major announcements from the US and Canada today give a clear indication that the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is coming back with a vengeance.



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JL A. (272)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 8:58 am

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March 1, 2013 | By Maira Sutton
US Trade Office Calls ACTA Back From the Dead and Canada Complies

Major announcements from the US and Canada today give a clear indication that the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is coming back with a vengeance. ACTA is an agreement negotiated and signed by 11 countries, carrying intellectual property (IP) provisions that would negatively impact digital rights and innovation by ratcheting up IP enforcement measures beyond existing international standards. It will not take effect until six countries ratify the agreement, and Japan is so far the only country to have done so.

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) posted its 2013 Trade Policy Agenda and 2012 Trade Policy Report, which covers all of its ongoing negotiations over trade agreements. It reports that the US is working with Japan and other negotiating parties “to ensure that ACTA can come into force as soon as possible,” and encourages Canada “to meet its [ACTA] obligations.”

Canada did not miss a beat to satisfy this demand. The Canadian government introduced a bill today to make Canada compliant with provisions of ACTA, paving the way for its eventual ratification. Among the provisions outlined within the 52-page bill are increased criminalization of copyright and trademark law as well as a new authority for Canadian customs officials to seize and destroy goods they can determine to be “counterfeit or pirated goods” without any judicial oversight.

As we’ve seen in the US, this power has often been abused. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have seized domain names for allegedly hosting infringing content without a court ruling. Extrajudicial takedowns of websites violate our rights to free expression by presupposing guilt and enacting punishment where legitimate content and speech is suppressed. Overall, this new bill is a glaring indication of how willing Canada is to cave to US pressure on intellectual property enforcement.

The USTR’s apparent renewed confidence in ACTA is deeply concerning, especially in light of its ambitious goal to conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) by the fall of this year. The TPP and ACTA are two of the USTR’s main avenues for writing stronger IP enforcement into international law at the behest of Hollywood and other content industry interests.

Join EFF and more than 27,000 people in sending a message to Congress members to demand an end to these secret backdoor trade negotiations:


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Kit B. (277)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 10:24 am

Action taken - signed and sent to House Representative Mike Burgress and Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz. --- also tweeted.
 

JL A. (272)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 10:58 am
Thanks for spreading the word Kit. You cannot currently send a star to Kit because you have done so within the last day.
 

Lynn Squance (227)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 12:15 pm
Signed - Crap! Harper and his harlots are going to be the undoing of this country! Christian Nadeau in his book "Rogue in Power --- How Stephen Harper is remaking Canada by stealth" is a short but excellent look at Harper's agenda and what drives him.
 

Terry V. (30)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 12:42 pm
S&N THANKS
 

Malgorzata Zmuda (177)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 1:26 pm
podpisane
 

JL A. (272)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 3:03 pm
You are welcome Terry.
You cannot currently send a star to Lynn because you have done so within the last day.
You cannot currently send a star to Terry because you have done so within the last day.
 

Carol D. (104)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 3:29 pm
Noted
 

Micheael Kirkbym (83)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 3:32 pm
Why am I just hearing about this now?
 

Suheyla C. (229)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 4:49 pm
Noted thanks
 

JL A. (272)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 5:45 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Michael because you have done so within the last day.
You are welcome Suheyla.
Anyone want to answer Michael's question?
 

Angelika R. (146)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 5:55 pm
Thats ONE dead we DO NOT want to rise! Action taken- thx JL (although the TPP is most likely a done deal)
 

Dorothy N. (63)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 11:25 pm
I can't sign it - it only takes zip codes, even though postal codes were mentioned below...

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But please bear in mind - Canada didn't go along with this - Harper - the dedicated-to-Canada-destroying cockroach - did!
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Friday March 15, 2013, 2:29 am
Noted, thanks.
 

JL A. (272)
Friday March 15, 2013, 8:46 am
You are welcome Angelika and Kerrie.
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John B. (215)
Friday March 15, 2013, 6:51 pm
Thanks J.L. for the post and link. Message, signed, sent and post noted.
 

JL A. (272)
Friday March 15, 2013, 6:54 pm
You are welcome John. You cannot currently send a star to John because you have done so within the last day.
 
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