Action on the ACTA front.
At Michael Geist’s excellent blog, a post with a round-up of the news coverage following the last round of ACTA negotiations in Seoul. Apparently the chapter on Internet enforcement goes far beyong even the draconian limits of the DMCA and the present TRIPS agreement.
Abolishing the safe-harbor provisions of the DMCA or similar laws would be obligatory. The plan of those who favor the ACTA seems to be: negotiate a secret deal that gives those who favor an extreme IP regime, then explain the need to enact that regime as “harmonization.” Will it work? I don’t think so. The ACTA is increasingly looking to be DOA. But that doesn’t mean we can be complacent! Exactly the opposite, now is the time to criticize it and bring this process to a halt.
The Obama administration has continued the Bush policy of trying to keep the provisions of the ACTA secret on grounds of “national security” The criticism of the ACTA has expanded beyond the blogosphere and is now being reported in the press: