Public ACTA this weekend

April 8th, 2010 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

A reminder to those interested, that the Public ACTA conference is on all day Sturday in Wellington at the Town Hall. is the treaty being negotiated that may require countries to implement policies to terminate Internet access of infringers.

As I have previously blogged, the position of the NZ Govt on ACTA has generally been a good one – but we only know this because the secret draft texts have been leaked in Europe.

This is an opportunity to learn more about ACTA and help critique the proposals around Internet access.

The programme is here. We have three top international experts speaking, plus a panel of local pundits. The three international speakers are:

  • Professor Michael Geist, law professor at the University of Ottawa where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law. Michael has a Doctorate in Law (J.S.D.) from Columbia Law School and is an internationally syndicated columnist on technology law issues.
  • Kim Weatherall is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law and an Adjunct Research Fellow with the Australian Centre for Intellectual Property in Agriculture. Kim teaches and researches in intellectual property law, with a particular interest in digital copyright, the relationship between international trade and intellectual property, and the systems for administration and enforcement of intellectual property rights.
  • Jonathon Penney is the Internet NZ Senior Research Fellow in CyberLaw at Victoria University and has a MSt from Oxford and a LLM from Columbia. Hailing from Canada, he has previously worked as a lawyer with the Justice Department and as a policy advisor at the federal level

If you wish to attend, you can register here. Looks to be 100 or so people attending at this stage. There is no charge to attend thanks to ,

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5 Responses to “Public ACTA this weekend”

  1. big bruv (14,132 comments) says:

    “that may require countries to implement policies to terminate Internet access of copyright infringers.”

    Shit!…I hope it does not come in before I finish downloading ‘the pacific’

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  2. krazykiwi (9,186 comments) says:

    Copyright… a desperate attempt by last-millennia businesses to protect their last-millennia business models.

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  3. gazzmaniac (2,307 comments) says:

    People wouldn’t pirate music and movies if they weren’t a ripoff to start with and were more easily available. Make it worthwhile to purchase while and piracy might reduce.

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  4. somewhatthoughtful (467 comments) says:

    i’m attending. can’t wait

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  5. krazykiwi (9,186 comments) says:

    Trade agreement draft leaked

    Border guards would be allowed to comb through passengers’ personal computers, iPods and MP3 players, under the draft of an international trade agreement on copyright to be negotiated at an international conference in Wellington next week.

    Draft text leaked onto the internet was reported by the Montreal Gazette, after the leaked text came from French officials unhappy with techniques being employed to keep the contents secret.

    While bits and pieces of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), have been leaked previously, this was first full draft available to the public, the newspaper said.

    Outrageous. Perhaps I should cut the government a set of house keys so they can let themselves in for a quick search/audit/rummage any time they feel like it.

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