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Truth is in favor of you and me; for the truth of our enemies whom we have been serving here in the U.S.A. for over 400 years (whom we did not know to be our enemies by nature) is the truth that the Black Man must have knowledge of to be able to keep from falling into the deceiving traps that are being laid by our enemies to catch us in their way which is opposed to the way of righteous of whom we are members. ~ The Honorable Elijah Muhammad

Monday, May 10, 2010

Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is a proposed plurilateral trade agreement for establishing international standards on intellectual-property-rights enforcement throughout the participating countries.[1] Its proponents describe it as a response "to the increase in global trade of counterfeit goods and pirated copyright protected works."[2] The scope of ACTA is broad, including counterfeit goods, generic medicines, as well as "piracy over the Internet".[3]

A document leaked to the public in 2008 includes a provision to force Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to provide information about suspected copyright infringers without a warrant a direct violation of Human Rights [| acticle 11] .[4]. A March 2010 leak included the proposed text for this provision,[5] and on April 20, 2010 the ACTA negotiators released an official version of the current draft

treaty[6] for public review before it is adopted by its initial participants.[7]

The negotiations for the ACTA treaty are conducted behind closed doors by a select group of over 30 countries. The treaty was developed outside of normal IP venues such as the World Intellectual Property Organization and the World Trade Organization (post TRIPs). The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Public Knowledge filed a FOIA request which was denied.[2][8] In October 2007, the USA, the European Commission, Switzerland, and Japan first announced that they would negotiate ACTA. Since then the following countries joined the negotiations: Australia, Canada, Jordan, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Singapore, and United Arab Emirates.  Read more...


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