Press review about ACTA

[Politico] Leaked digital single market’s ‘evidence file’ reveals Commission’s ambitions

Leaked copies of the upcoming Digital Single Market Strategy and its supporting Evidence file show the European Commission is ready to propose vast regulatory reforms that could affect everything from sales taxes and e-privacy to Internet searches and big data. […]

[Techdirt] TPP Leak Confirms Measures To Criminalize Corporate Whistleblowing

As Mike has reported, the core of the newly-leaked TPP chapter is about granting Big Pharma's wish-list, with other worrying stuff for the copyright industry's benefit thrown in for good measure. But hidden away in the chapter's 70+ pages there's something very different -- and very dangerous.

[TechDirt] Newly Released Emails Raise Questions Of Whether EU Politicians Sold Out To US On Privacy

Glyn Moody's short article on the suspicions raised by Access that the European Commission, actively worked to weaken the proposed EU Regulation on data protection by collaborating with the US mission in the EU. Moreover, Cecilia Malmström, the current head of the DG Home, who is implicated "has been proposed as the new EU commissioner for trade, who would therefore take over the negotiation of TAFTA/TTIP from Karel De Gucht."

[TechDirt] Meet TISA: Another Major Treaty Negotiated In Secret Alongside TPP And TTIP

[...] TISA: the Trade in Services Agreement. If, like me, you've never heard of this, you might think it's a new initiative. But it turns out that it's been under way for more than a year: the previous USTR, Ron Kirk, informed Congress about it back in January 2013 (pdf).

[TechDirt] Revolving Door: MPAA Hires Chief USTR Negotiator Behind ACTA And TPP's IP Chapter

For the past five years or so, the USTR's [Office of the United States Trade Representative] chief intellectual property negotiator has been Stan McCoy. McCoy has long positioned himself as an intellectual property maximalist, repeating talking points from lobbyists regularly, while condescending to anyone who questions the legitimacy of those claims.

[TechDirt] USTR Claims 1,200 Meetings With Congress Just As Good As Actual Transparency

[...] Businesses that stand to benefit from the agreement have better access to both the documents and our representatives, and yet, the USTR continues to protest that it's open and transparent.

[...] [USTR Michael] Froman listed IP as the top priority for worldwide trade agreements: “[...] the Obama Administration is committed to protecting intellectual property (IP), [...] encouraging the free flow of information across the digital world, and ensuring access to medicines, particularly by the poor in less developed economies.”

[ComputerworldUK] TTIP Update XX

Glyn Moody takes to task several claims to transparency made in the European Commission's recently published document "The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP): We're listening and engaging".

[ComputerworldUK] TTIP Update XVII

[...] President Obama nominated Robert Holleyman as deputy U.S. trade representative. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Holleyman will help lead the effort to pass the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. [...] Holleyman is a former lobbyist who led efforts to pass the Stop Online Piracy Act legislation, better known as SOPA [...] Holleyman [...] is no friend of open source.

[FFII] Tentative remarks on leaked CETA IP chapter

Ante Wessels' analysis of the recent leak of CETA published by the German Pirate Party. He states that as European Intellectual Property laws are already not good, they should not be exported. Instead "The FFII called upon the EU commission to solve such problems and make EU law compatible with the UN International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR)."

[NYTimes] No Big Deal

[...] [Krugman] The first thing you need to know about trade deals in general is that they aren’t what they used to be. The glory days of trade negotiations — the days of deals like the Kennedy Round of the 1960s, which sharply reduced tariffs around the world — are long behind us.

[...] But the fact remains that, these days, “trade agreements” are mainly about other things. What they’re really about, in particular, is property rights — things like the ability to enforce patents on drugs and copyrights on movies.

[TechDirt] Learning From ACTA: Will TAFTA/TTIP Be More Transparent Than TPP?

It's still early days for TAFTA/TTIP, but already there are some signs that senior politicians are becoming aware that transparency is no longer some minor aspect of these trade talks, but a hugely important issue in itself. We know this thanks to an earlier fight by the European Digital Rights (EDRi) group to obtain from the European Parliament various documents relating to ACTA -- the result of an infamously opaque process. [...]

[ComputerworldUK] TTIP Update XIV

Glyn Moody writes that although the European Commission put investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) on hold in order to allow a public consultation, he suspects strongly that "the European Commission will only make a few tiny cosmetic changes to its plans - which it will nonetheless trumpet loudly."

[Techdirt] Global Trade Agreements: Unstoppable, Or Being Stopped?

The Berlin Forum on Global Politics, in collaboration with the Internet & Society Collaboratory and of the Bertelsmann Stiftung, has put together an interesting collection of 22 wide-ranging essays dealing with TAFTA/TTIP, called "The Transatlantic Colossus" [...] One of the essays, which compares TAFTA/TTIP with TPP, points out that we are witnessing an unprecedented level of activity in forging large-scale trade agreements [...].

[FT] Top Democrat puts Obama trade deals in doubt

President Barack Obama’s push to strike trade deals with the European Union [TTIP/TAFTA] and 11 Pacific Rim nations [TPP] was put in jeopardy after the top Democrat in Congress quashed the idea of giving the White House congressional approval to negotiate the pacts.

Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, said he opposed legislation known as Trade Promotion Authority [TPA], which sets a swift timeline for trade bills and prevents amendments that would slow them down or modify their contents.

[Techdirt] TAFTA/TTIP: What Price Transparency?

This article by Glyn Moody focuses on the inequality of access to decision makers in the process of formulating the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).