CETA Intellectual Property Chapter Leaks for All to SeeSubmitted by PWA on Tue, 07/10/2012 - 21:05
ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) may have died in Europe for now, but CETA (Comprehensive Economic and trade Agreement) is still alive and well. Now, text of the Intellectual Property chapter has leaked and we are finally able to find out what is in this agreement.
ACTA was effectively killed last week through an overwhelming defeat in the European Parliament. The defeat seemed to have marked a turnaround in how copyright agreements are handled. The secrecy surrounding this kinds of agreements is bad, you shouldn’t circumvent democracy by legislation through “trade” agreements and Internet users rights should be taken into serious consideration. Just some of the lessons that may have been learned in all of this.
Now, we are aware of what could be one of the future tests for European democracy. CETA, a “trade” agreement between Europe and Canada is another one of the many agreements floating around right now that aims to radically change intellectual property rights. While the earliest iteration had potentially a one strike policy, the recent leak seems to confirm that it’s just a near carbon copy of ACTA. Michael Geist commented on this leaked information, suggesting that all the concerns surrounding ACTA are popping back up in CETA. A quick look at the comparisons shows that some parts are barely simple rewordings of what was in ACTA.
Wikipedia now contains a quick roundup of the provisions included in CETA: