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[News] [SOT] Digital Suppression Cooking with More Intellectual Monopoly Law

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Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)


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| [This is news because May 22th a discussion paper appeared at WikiLeaks. In 
| March, when it was yet unknown what ACTA would look like, IP Justice 
| published the white paper the 'Full Story" links too. It's a paper about how 
| the rich governments try to almost forbid P2P, stifle innovation through 
| broader 'piracy protection', colonize poor countries and create more 
| opportunities to spy on its citizens. All that in a secret undemocratic way; 
| taking away digital rights. However, their excuses are quite good: Stopping 
| dangerous fake-medicines, car parts etc. - hkwint]       



Caught in the ACTA

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| Politicans remain the ultimate dinosaurs in terms of openness: ideally, the
| rich and powerful would like to make their cosy deals - often aimed at that
| dangerous openness - behind closed doors.
| [...]
| This secret agreement, drawn up without any public discussion or oversight,
| would basically impose all of the worst aspects of US intellectual monopolies
| on everyone in sight - starting with willing stooges like the UK, and
| progressing to the unwilling but powerless.


[ffii] McCreevy wants to legalise Software Patents via a US-EU patent treaty

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| Brussels, 13 May 2008 -- European Commissioner McCreevy is pushing for a
| bilateral patent treaty with the United States. This Tuesday 13 May in
| Brussels, White House and European representatives will try to adopt a
| tight roadmap for the signature of a EU-US patent treaty by the end of
| the year. Parts of the proposed treaty will contain provision on
| software patents, and could legalise them on both sides of the Atlantic.
| "TEC talks are the current push for software patents. The US want to
| eliminate the higher standards of the European Patent Convention. The
| bilateral agenda is dictated by multinationals gathered in the
| Transatlantic Economic Business Dialogue (TABD). When you have a look
| who is in the Executive Board of the TABD, you find not a single
| European SME in there", says Benjamin Henrion, a Brussels based patent
| policy specialist.
| The Transatlantic Economic Council (TEC) which comprises EU and US high
| level representatives put a substantive harmonisation of patent law on
| its agenda. Substantive patent law covers what is patentable or not. The
| attempt to impose the low US standards on Europe via the Substantive
| Patent Law Treaty (SPLT) process utterly failed at the World
| Intellectual Property Organisation. Also progress in the WIPO B+
| subgroup (without development nations) could not be reached.


The ghost of software patents is back!

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| Life is never easy for an open source evangelist. The OOXML drama came to a
| close on 2nd April 2008 and we were on to our next issue -- software patents.
| The Draft Patent Manual might end up bringing software patents through the
| back door. this would be surprising because the Indian parliament explicitly
| rejected software patents in the Patent Amendment Act 2005. In this blog, I
| am including extracts from a letter that I sent to the Patent Office on 11th
| April 2008. The deadline for comments was 15th April 2008.

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