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ACTA: International Trade Negotiators Drop ISP Liability, Anti-Circumvention Provisions Still In

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SAN FRANCISCO, September 7, 2010 – International trade negotiators have dropped a controversial secondary liability provision regarding online copyright infringement, but still appear to be haggling over the anti-circumvention provisions, a leaked copy of an August version of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement shows.

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Trade Group Slams Administration Over Secret Trade Deal Negotiations

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WASHINGTON, July 6, 2010 – A communications and technology lobbying group is gnashing its teeth over a pending international trade agreement governing intellectual property that it says could bind U.S. firms and give internet access providers too much authority.

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ACTA Negotiators Won’t Release New Discussion Draft

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SAN FRANCISCO, July 2, 2010 — US trade representatives say they made progress this week in building consensus on key provisions of a new international intellectual property enforcement agreement — but not enough to share with the rest of the world.

“There was no consensus to release another text,” said Nefeterius Akeli McPherson, a USTR spokeswoman in an e-mailed note about this week’s discussions over the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement in Lucerne, Switzerland. “There was not sufficient progress at this round to make release of new text meaningful. The issues under discussion are still well reflected in the text that is public now. We hope to make more progress at the next round.”

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Silicon Valley Fears Big Liabilities In Small Print of Proposed Trade Agreement

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SAN FRANCISCO, July 1, 2010 –The office of the United States Trade Representative said Thursday that its negotiators had “made progress in building consensus,” over specific provisions in a controversial global intellectual property agreement — but it’s unlikely that whatever consensus they reached will be welcomed by all back at home.

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U.S. Trade Rep Stands Firm Amid Barrage of Criticism Over Global Intellectual Property Negotiations

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SAN FRANCISCO, June 28, 2010 – The office of the United States Trade Representative is standing firm as its negotiators head into a set of week-long negotiations over the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement in Lucerne, Switzerland.

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Intellectual Property Czar Promises Transparency Amidst Controversy Over ‘Secretive’ Trade Negotiations

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SAN FRANCISCO, June, 23, 2010 – A White House official in charge of coordinating the US government’s enforcement of intellectual property rights on Tuesday pledged openness in the face of mounting criticism that the Obama administration is engaging in a secretive negotiating process with some of its trading partners as they discuss ways to more strictly enforce those rights both online and at their borders.

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