Public ACTA this weekend

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

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