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Re-post from Michael Geist's blog, who is a law professor :-

Last week, the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly to reject ACTA, striking a major blow to the hopes of supporters who envisioned a landmark agreement that would set a new standard for intellectual property rights enforcement. The European Commission, which negotiates trade deals such as ACTA on behalf of the European Union, has vowed to revive the badly damaged agreement. Its most high-profile move has been to ask the European Court of Justice to rule on ACTA's compatibility with fundamental European freedoms with the hope that a favourable ruling could allow the European Parliament to reconsider the issue.

While the court referral has attracted the lion share of attention, my weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) reports that there is an alternate secret strategy in which Canada plays a key role. According to recently leaked documents, the EU plans to use the Canada - EU Trade Agreement (CETA), which is nearing its final stages of negotiation, as a backdoor mechanism to implement the ACTA provisions.

The CETA IP chapter has already attracted attention due to EU pharmaceutical patent demands that could add billions to provincial health care costs, but the bigger story may be that the same chapter features a near word-for-word replica of ACTA. According to the leaked document, dated February 2012, Canada and the EU have already agreed to incorporate many of the ACTA enforcement provisions into CETA, including the rules on general obligations on enforcement, preserving evidence, damages, injunctions, and border measure rules. One of these provisions even specifically references ACTA. A comparison table of ACTA and the leaked CETA chapter is posted below.   

The EU has also proposed incorporating ACTA's criminal enforcement and co-operation chapters into CETA. The criminal provisions were the target of European Parliament criticism for their lack of proportionality and uncertain application.

Canada has similarly pushed for the inclusion of ACTA provisions, proposing identical digital lock rules as well as ACTA-style Internet service provider provisions that raised privacy concerns from the European Data Protection Supervisor. In fact, Canada would like to extend ACTA by mandating an anti-camcording provision (a similar provision is currently voluntary in ACTA).

The European Commission strategy appears to be to use CETA as the new ACTA, burying its provisions in a broader Canadian trade agreement with the hope that the European Parliament accepts the same provisions it just rejected with the ACTA framework. If successful, it would likely then argue that ACTA poses no new concerns since the same rules were approved within the Canadian trade deal.

The backdoor ACTA approach creates enormous risks for Canada's trade ambitions. Given the huge anti-ACTA movement, the Canada - EU trade deal could face widespread European opposition with CETA becoming swept up in similar protests.

With anti-ACTA sentiment spreading across Europe, Canada should push to remove the intellectual property chapter from CETA altogether.  The move would not be unprecedented. Many of Canada's free trade agreements feature only limited IP provisions and last year a Canadian parliamentary committee recommended that "domestic copyright policies are not part of any present or future trade negotiations."

Meanwhile, the U.S. and EU recently announced their own plans to negotiate a trade deal but agreed to keep intellectual property issues out of the talks. If CETA becomes known as ACTA II, the future of the Canada - EU trade deal may hinge on adopting a similar approach.

Source: www.michaelgeist.ca/content/vi…
Go to source for table of comparison between ACTA and CETA-draft, and other links.

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That's a silly question. We are the internet - propagate and share media is what we do! :)
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:iconworthpenguin1:
worthpenguin1 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
sheesh, i guess the government never heard of the 1st Amendment 
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:iconheminder:
heminder Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Professional
Not many have in EU.
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Altarior Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012   Digital Artist
HERE IS THE PETITION ON AVAAZ AGAINST CETA: [link]

Un-freaking-believable stuff... I don't even know what to say anymore :S
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loreshaper-kethal Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
signed that myself just now, and forwarded it.
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:iconminzki:
MinZki Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Seriously... Why they wont just leave the internet and it's people alone.. This is starting to get seriously depressive to read that they are always planning more projects to get rid of our freedom of speech on internet.
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LordReserei Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Governments are stupid. They can't control that which is inherently supposed to be open and free.
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TribalWolfSpirit Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
They all need to learn we won't give up that easily. There will be protests, as always, no matter what they do. There will always be some people that oppose them, and in this case, they will, and do, have many people against them.
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aroniense21 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
Crap, not again, these pieces of virulent vermin's that refuse to die..........
U.S.A. Why are you so bent on trying to regulate the world?
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AG-sArt Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
What is up with the governments nowadays? Why can they not ask someone who is an expert on a very high level regarding internet and other stuff that the bill is trying to destroy?? AND what is up with a bill after an other??? It's like a trend, every months there a new horrifying bill coming right towards us O.o
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BorisFedorov Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes power does what power wants The Late George Carlin [link]

But the positive is that where going to get more Venezuela's & Iran's in da future.
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torchfang Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
Can someone break this down more for me? I'm having trouble reading and fully understanding it.
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heminder Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Professional
this line sums it up pretty much:

"The CETA intellectual property chapter has already attracted attention due to EU pharmaceutical patent demands that could add billions to provincial health care costs, but the bigger story may be that the same chapter features a near word-for-word replica of ACTA."
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torchfang Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
So instead of a sheep the wolf is now dressed as a deerÉ
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:iconheminder:
heminder Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Professional
yep :P
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torchfang Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
least I've kinda figured it out
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CloudsGirl7 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012   General Artist
As I have been saying these past months, the monkeys never learn.
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NonnyFox Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
The blood of ACTA hasn't dried on our swords yet and here it's brother CETA comes seeking vengenance. Have at thee foul beast, your corpse shall accompany thy brother's before long! We shall strike when the petition letters against CETA come out.
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Altarior Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012   Digital Artist
There's one right here buddy! ^^ [link] It's time to slay that shit!
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:iconnonnyfox:
NonnyFox Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
Thank you, signed, that makes one strike against CETA from me.
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Dravazed Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
Please give me permission to tweet this
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:iconheminder:
heminder Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Professional
Of course!
We are the internet - propagate and share media is what we do! :)
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Dravazed Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
Thanks very much. done.
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Zenoxen Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Mind if I Repost this on my Journal? People need to read this.
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:iconheminder:
heminder Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Professional
Of course!
We are the internet - propagate and share media is what we do! :)
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:iconzenoxen:
Zenoxen Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
[link]

Thank you....we need to stik toguether.
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MasterMitosi Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, this messes up the invasion plan. A lot.
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:iconzenoxen:
Zenoxen Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
[link]

What will you do?
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:iconmastermitosi:
MasterMitosi Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Demonstrate my full power in the room, showing them that compared to normal humans, Balencians are GODS, then refuse to help solve the pollution and terrorism problems until they say that they will never, ever, EVER try to censor the internet again.
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Zenoxen Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You realize that Pollution and that second one (DON'T YOU EVER WRITTE THAT ONLINE! YOU CAN GET IN SERIOUS TROUBLE!)is convenient to certain people to be kept?
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MasterMitosi Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you realize that when we remove pollution, I'm also removing any genetic flaws that came with it?
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:iconzenoxen:
Zenoxen Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I know...but you clearly lack the knolwege how a certain economic system works. There are people that profit a LOT from making Pollution. Same with the OTHER thing.

Those people don't care that you would remove genetic flaws. Because that would cut the money that flows into their pockets.
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MasterMitosi Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nor do I care. If people profit from making money, They don't deserve it. Balencia will cleanse the planet. Wait a sec... I said I would clean it, I never said I would make it stop! And IDGAF about the other thing. It's stopping. No buts.
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Kitsune1978 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
Can I copy it and repost it on my gallery?
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:iconheminder:
heminder Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Professional
Of course!
We are the internet - propagate and share media is what we do! :)
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SilverUranium Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
What the *censored*?! These *censored* *censored*s are at it AGAIN?! After all the wrath against ACTA, SOPA, and PIPA?!
:iconno:RELEASE THE HOUNDS.
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SilverUranium Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
Oops, i meant the NO rage face... but I don't know if such an icon exists yet. So...

:iconfuuuplz:FFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUU...!!!
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Amenrenet Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
Thank you for finding and posting this. Really this is getting ridiculous. How many times do we have to beat them over the head before they realize WE. WON'T. QUIT!?
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TecuciztecatlOcelotl Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
Great...

-_-
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Zeltrax987 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, crap.

Where's the petition to stop CETA? Because I'll be signing it if it becomes ACTA 2.0.
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Altarior Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012   Digital Artist
Here it is, just came out [link]
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aroniense21 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
A concept such as ACTA 2.0 would require an improvement since the original, however in lieu of the evidence we can only reach the conclusion that is the same piece of piss, but with a different name.... I'll still be voting against it though....
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Zeltrax987 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Agreed. I'll be voting against it however I can.
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PrincessCarol Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Student Photographer
that is nuts, every time we beat one they have the freaken nerve to come up with something new.
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TheTechnoToast Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Yup, and that is what makes me believe that Americans are control freaks.
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PrincessCarol Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Student Photographer
too many of them are. It's like hello idiots, stopping bullying is fine, but taking away minor trolling is stupid.
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TheTechnoToast Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
mmm. I just feel like Americans have tried to take over the physical world, and have failed, so they've moved over to the web world, which, for some countries is the only place of freedom (remember last year with protestors gathering on twitter).
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PrincessCarol Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Student Photographer
Even though I live in the United States, I think so many things could be better.
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:iconthetechnotoast:
TheTechnoToast Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
yeah. We just have to keep fighting for web freedom.
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:iconprincesscarol:
PrincessCarol Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Student Photographer
yup
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:iconthetechnotoast:
TheTechnoToast Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
:-)
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