[LINK] new copyright treaty secret
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Sun Mar 15 20:58:42 EST 2009
But it is known who has access:
Who are the cleared advisors that have access to secret ACTA documents?
> By James Love, on March 13th, 2009
> The negotiating text of ACTA and many other documents, including
> even the lists of participants in the negotiations, are secret. The
> White House claims the secrecy is required as a matter of national
> security. But that does not mean the documents are off limits to
> everyone outside of the government. Hundreds of advisors, many of
> them corporate lobbyists, are considered “cleared advisors.” They
> have access to the ACTA documents.
> Who are these cleared advisors? They are the members of these 27
> USTR advisory boards:
> All members of the advisory boards can request access to classified
> ACTA documents. Below are the members of just four of the advisory
> boards, ITAC 15, 8, 10 and 3.
On 2009/Mar/15, at 5:51 AM, Jan Whitaker wrote:
> March 12, 2009 5:45 PM PDT
> Copyright treaty is classified for 'national security'
> by <http://www.cnet.com/profile/declan00/>Declan McCullagh
> Last September, the Bush administration
> <http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-10047945-38.html>defended the
> unusual secrecy over an anti-counterfeiting treaty being negotiated
> by the U.S. government, which some liberal groups worry could
> criminalize some peer-to-peer file sharing that infringes copyrights.
> Now President Obama's White House has tightened the cloak of
> government secrecy still further, saying in a letter this week that a
> discussion draft of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement and
> related materials are "classified in the interest of national
> security pursuant to Executive Order 12958."
> The 1995 <http://www.fas.org/sgp/clinton/eo12958.html>Executive Order
> 12958 allows material to be classified only if disclosure would do
> "damage to the national security and the original classification
> authority is able to identify or describe the damage."
> Jamie Love, director of the nonprofit group
> <http://www.keionline.org/>Knowledge Ecology International, filed the
> Freedom of Information Act request that resulted in this week's
> denial from the White House. The
> letter (PDF) was sent to Love on Tuesday by
> Suro-Bredie, chief FOIA officer in the White House's Office of the
> U.S. Trade Representative.
> Love had written in his original request on January 31--submitted
> soon after Obama's inauguration--that the documents "are being widely
> circulated to corporate lobbyists in Europe, Japan, and the U.S.
> There is no reason for them to be secret from the American public."
> The White House appears to be continuing the secretive policy of the
> Bush administration, which
> to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (PDF) on January 16 that out of
> 806 pages related to the treaty, all but 10 were "classified in the
> interest of national security pursuant to Executive Order 12958."
> In one of his first acts as president, Obama
> <http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-10147514-38.html>signed a memo
> saying FOIA "should be administered with a clear presumption: In the
> face of doubt, openness prevails. The government should not keep
> information confidential merely because public officials might be
> embarrassed by disclosure."
> Love's group believes that the U.S. and Japan want the treaty to say
> that willful trademark and copyright infringement on a commercial
> scale must be subject to criminal sanctions, including infringement
> that has "no direct or indirect motivation of financial gain."
> A June 2008
> (PDF) from the International Chamber of Commerce, signed by
> pro-copyright groups, says: "intellectual property theft is no less a
> crime than physical property theft. An effective ACTA should
> therefore establish clear and transparent standards for the
> calculation and imposition of effective criminal penalties for IP
> theft that...apply to both online and off-line IP transactions."
> Similarly, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has called for "criminal
> penalties for IP crimes, including online infringements."
> Last fall, two senators--Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Arlen Specter
> (R-Penn.)--known for their support of stringent intellectual property
> laws, expressed concern that the ACTA could be too far-reaching.
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