Monday, October 19, 2009

ACTA Text Revealed To 42 Select Insiders; Intellectual Property Watch, 10/15/09

Intellectual Property Watch; ACTA Text Revealed To 42 Select Insiders:

"In the weeks leading up to the next negotiating session (first week of November in Seoul) of the secretive Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, 42 Washington, DC-area insiders, mostly from industry, were invited by the United States Trade Representatives to see copies of its text on the internet, according to a new report.

In response to a Freedom of Information Act request to the USTR, think-tank Knowledge Ecology International received copies [pdf] of the non-disclosure agreements the insiders signed prior to viewing the ACTA text.

The list included several members of software industry group the Business Software Alliance, online auction site eBay, internet media giant Google, conservative media conglomerate News Corporation, and nongovernmental group Public Knowledge, among others.

A full list of names of those who saw the draft, and their affiliations, is available on the KEI website here."

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