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Monday, August 4, 2008

More about ACTA

Computerworld is carrying an article about Mark Harris’s attempt to get more information about ACTA – a secret treaty that the New Zealand government has just finished calling for submissions on. The Government gave him 13 of the 91 documents he asked for, and crossed out material in most of those 13, as well. Mark has a lot more information on his site.

I talked about this on the radio a few weeks ago. And here’s my submission to the Government – which still hasn’t even been so much as acknowledged, over three weeks after I sent it.

Frankly, the potentialities here are scary – ACTA could do everything from killing off free software to stopping innovation on the Internet, but virtually all the information we have about it comes from leaked documents. Our government is negotiating in secret, and will probably end up giving away more of our rights like it did during the last Copyright Amendment Act.

This really is not good enough. Our government should have nothing to do with this, and we should all be telling them that. Now.

posted by colin at 11:47 am  

2 Comments

  1. Speaking of leaked documents, why can’t I seem to get to wikileaks at the moment? Have they changed IP address since the time their DNS entry was removed? Archived news stories about it suggested going to 88.80.13.160, which appears to be just as unavailable as wikileaks.org at the moment.

    Comment by Tim McKenzie — 4 August 2008 @ 8:21 pm

  2. Same problem here which is why I linked /. instead. Colin.

    Comment by colin — 5 August 2008 @ 7:09 am

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