ACTA is hitting town

In ACTA, IP, New Zealand on April 1, 2010 at 3:33 pm

With the upcoming 8th round of discussions on ACTA to be held in Wellington, the media is starting to highlight some of the more controversial parts of those discussions.

The Wellington meeting will be held 12 – 16 April 2010 with the meaty issues of border measures, enforcement procedures in the digital environment, criminal measures, civil enforcement and transparency on the agenda. There are many claims that the agenda and venue have been “leaked”. However, the Australian government has quite openly published the agenda on their Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website!

There have been many claims of unnecessary secrecy surrounding the ACTA discussions, and the New Zealand government is one of the champions of greater transparency.

I have previously commented that there appears to be a clear link between ACTA and the proposed section 92A of the Copyright Act 1994.

Officials are repeating their mantra that ACTA will not impact on, or require changes to, section 92A.

It appears that there is more resistance to, than support for, the ACTA discussions – see here, here, here and here for a small random selection of views being put forth.


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