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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/9830/secret-intellectual-property-treaty-could-profoundly-change-life-on-the-internet/

“Secret intellectual property treaty could profoundly change life on the Internet”

April 22, 2009 by

So argues David Bollier in the post Et tu, Obama? Open Government Suffers Another Blow. An excerpt:

A government cannot be held accountable if there is a cloak of secrecy around its core deliberations and citizens are excluded from the process. … So what gives with the Obama administration’s refusal to share the most basic documents about a pending intellectual property treaty that are widely available among corporate lobbyists in Europe, Japan and the United States?

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, or ACTA, may sound arcane, and certainly its corporate champions must wish to make it seem boring and obscure. But in fact, the misleadingly named treaty could dramatically alter the Internet by allowing the film, music, publishing and other industries to aggressively enforce their IP rights, as they broadly construe them, at the expense of citizens, consumers and creators. All this would be achieved through secret deliberations — an international version of the smoke-filled room: another brazen disenfranchisement of citizens and trampling of democratic norms.

No official version of the proposed treaty has been released, but it is known that it seeks to set forth standards for enforcing cases of alleged copyright and patent infringement. The treaty also seeks to provide legal authority for the surveillance of Internet file transfers and searches of personal property. Read more about ACTA here and here.

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Deefburger April 22, 2009 at 2:28 pm

Read more about ACTA here and here.

missing link…..

Silas Barta April 22, 2009 at 2:29 pm

Yeah, and also, the International Treaty on Recovery of Stolen Stuff is going to fundamentally alter my fenced goods business :-(

(8?» April 22, 2009 at 3:41 pm

Missing link Deefburger, or redacted Top Secret info?

Eric April 22, 2009 at 6:58 pm

That block is a quote from the link they have posted. Click this link and read the article and you will find those links which were quoted.

http://www.onthecommons.org/content.php?id=2408

anon April 22, 2009 at 8:02 pm

Full copy of the Canadian draft report on the ACTA consultation here:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/13834798/Canadian-ACTA-Consultation-Report

Daniel C April 22, 2009 at 9:46 pm

I’m just wondering whether Silas ever makes an argument that doesn’t beg the question.

No?

Oh, okay then. Carry on. . .

Silas Barta April 23, 2009 at 7:45 am

Daniel_C: My point was that Stephan_Kinsella’s point is only convincing if you already agree with him. My question-begging was satirizing Stephan_Kinsella’s question-begging.

Do I hear a “whoosh”?

I Hate Silas Barta April 23, 2009 at 8:30 am

Our honest Silas Barfa feels completely comfortable at being spied upon by government and treated as guilty until proven innocent.

He has no dignity and no need for respect, that is his choice but then he thinks he should impose his choice over others.

He thinks that if he doesn’t need respect neither are everybody else. Or maybe Silas Barfa has a controlling interest in all this government expansion ?

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