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ACTA IS DEAD
The European Parliament has overwhelmingly rejected the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), effectively killing ACT. Details from Michael Geist’s blog:
Falkvinge, founder of the first Pirate Party, describes the victory thus:
Today at 12:56, the European Parliament decided whether ACTA would be ultimately rejected or whether it would drag on into uncertainty. In a crushing 478-to-39 vote, the Parliament decided to reject ACTA once and for all. This means that the deceptive treaty is now dead globally.
– and links this victory to the huge anti-SOPA backlash.
VICTORY! ACTA suffers final, humiliating defeat in European Parliament
TRANS PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP DEVELOPMENTS
IFLA and 9 other library associations (including CLA) have issued a statement expressing concern at the Trans Pacific Partnership Intellectual Property Chapter:
The US has called for a fair use provision in the Trans Pacific Partnership – links and strategic comments thanks to Michael Geist:
The Canadian Library Association has just issued a press release on the Copyright Modernization Act which just received royal assent.
The July 2012 BLCA Browser has just been released! Of particular interest for IPC:
Another awesome Browser! Here are direct links to the info policy committee related items:
Joseph Haigh’s Info Policy News: Access Copyright, Library and Archives Canada, and more:
News & Features – from the IPC – SLAIS Partnership:
Devin Soper – Bill C-11: a guide for academic instructors
Anna Christine Hurrell – Open access policies on scholarly publishing in the university context
Shannon Mills – Censorship issues in school libraries
Carla Graebner Round-up: 2012 Annual Gathering of Librarians Interested in Government and Legal Information
Many of the other articles are very interesting from an info policy perspective too!
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IPC blog: https://bclainfopolicycommittee.wordpress.com/