[LINK] Fwd: [ada-l] Aust- US Free Trade Agreement concluded
me at tony-barry.emu.id.au
Mon Feb 9 16:11:19 EST 2004
Well there goes the neighborhood.
Begin forwarded message:
> From: mlee at nla.gov.au
> Date: 9 February 2004 10:50:11 AM
> To: ada-l at nla.gov.au
> Subject: [ada-l] Aust- US Free Trade Agreement concluded
> Dear ADA Friends,
> As most of you will have heard, Australia- United States Free Trade
> Agreement was concluded over the weekend 7-8th February.
> Please see link to fact sheets from DFAT released this morning.
> In respect of continued equitable access to copyrighted material and
> the future of the public domain, it is troubling news indeed. The
> broad outcomes of the negotiations will:
> · set standards of intellectual property protection beyond those
> provided by multilateral agreements such as the WTO TRIPS agreement
> and WIPO Treaties
> · harmonise of Australian and US intellectual property laws
> · create an extended term of copyright protection
> · create an expedited process that allows for copyright owners,
> Internet Service Providers and subscribers to deal with allegedly
> infringing copyright material on the Internet
> · set agreed criminal standards for copyright infringement
> Australia and the United States have also agreed to work to further
> harmonise laws and practices relating to other areas of intellectual
> property such as patents, trademarks and designs.
> The obligations created by AUSFTA will set standards that Australian
> copyright law and policy have to meet in the near future. An adjunct
> in the document maintains that Australia will retain the flexibility
> to implement the Agreement in a way that meets our domestic
> circumstances, for example, providing a mechanism to introduce public
> interest exceptions in relation to technological protection measures.
> The AUSFTA agreement will now go through an approval process in order
> to come into force. In Australia the agreement will not be in effect
> until the agreement has passed through Parliament, necessary amending
> regulation has been passed and an agreed date for entry into force has
> been determined.
> No further detail over the exact terms of the agreement are currently
> available but more news will be distributed through this list as it
> becomes available.
> Miranda Lee, Executive Officer
> Australian Digital Alliance
> PO Box E202
> Kingston ACT 2604
> Tel: 02 6262 1273
> Fax: 02 6273 2545
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