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[News] Leaked Document Shows Possible Corruption for Intellectual Monopoly State

  • Subject: [News] Leaked Document Shows Possible Corruption for Intellectual Monopoly State
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 24 May 2008 03:48:30 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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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.   


Thanks to Wikileaks again, possible corruption is shallow.


[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.



Wikileaks Shutdown: Censorship Is Censorship

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| If Wikileaks were a print publication, the injunction that has shut down the 
| site would be unthinkable. Back in 1931, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a 
| Minnesota law that allowed the closing of any "malicious, scandalous and 
| defamatory" periodical. This court, by contrast, has not only barred future 
| publication of the documents at issue but elected to put Wikileaks out of 
| business.     


Free Speech Advocates Mount Legal Battle to Unchain Wikileaks

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| In Bank Julius Baer & Co., Ltd v. Wikileaks, et al, the plaintiff claims that 
| the posting of certain documents to the Wikileaks site violated Swiss and 
| Cayman Island bank secrecy laws.  
| Judge Jeffrey White ordered domain registrar Dynadot to disable Wikileaks.org 
| in response to Julius Baer & Co.'s complaint. The groups behind the request 
| to lift the injunction claim that it violates the First Amendment.  


WikiLeaks Under Fire

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| The transparency group WikiLeaks.org currently seems to be under heavy fire. 
| The main WikiLeaks.org DNS entry is unavailable, reportedly due to a 
| restraining order relating to a series of articles and documents released by 
| WikiLeaks about off-shore trust structures in the Cayman Islands. The 
| WikiLeaks whistle blower, allegedly former vice president of the Cayman 
| Islands branch of swiss bank Julius Baer, states in the WikiLeaks documents 
| that the bank supported tax evasion and money laundering by its clients from 
| around the world       


Swiss bank drops Wikileaks lawsuit

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| The bank argued it was trying to halt "the unlawful dissemination of stolen 
| bank records and personal account information of its customers." 

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