[discuss] Draft submission to ongoing ACTA consultation / ACTA
russell at flora.ca
Wed Dec 16 12:47:22 EST 2009
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I am drafting a submission to the ongoing ACTA consultation.
I'm looking for feedback on my submission which I plan to submit in a
few days, but also to let others know that this process appears to still
I include recommendations up-front:
* Canada should cease involvement in ACTA.
* Canada should indicate interest in a WIPO treaty on
counterfeiting, using a traditional meaning of counterfeiting (IE:
offense against recipient).
* Infringements of copyright, patent and related exclusive rights
should be clearly dealt with in treaties under their proper titles, and
not deceptively wrapped up in unrelated concepts of counterfeiting.
* All submission from the 2001 and 2009 Canadian consultations on
copyright carried out by the departments of Industry and Canadian
Heritage should be considered included in any consultation by Foreign
Affairs and International Trade Canada on related issues. Many
submissions to these consultations directly speak to provisions within
ACTA, and it seems inappropriate for representatives from DFAIT to be
negotiating a primarily Copyright treaty without the benefit of these
I would also like to remind people about the draft ACTA petition at
http://www.digital-copyright.ca/petition/acta . Is there interest in
collecting signatures? I know there is a lot of opposition to (some
outright anger against) ACTA, which is why I've been surprised about the
silence so far about this petition.
December is a time when we visit with a lot of people -- a great time
for collecting signatures. So, is there interest? Are there any edits
people would like to suggest before we all start collecting signatures?
Russell McOrmond, Internet Consultant: <http://www.flora.ca/>
Please help us tell the Canadian Parliament to protect our property
rights as owners of Information Technology. Sign the petition!
"The government, lobbied by legacy copyright holders and hardware
manufacturers, can pry my camcorder, computer, home theatre, or
portable media player from my cold dead hands!"
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