ACTA Have Your Say New Zealand

PublicACTA event organised by InternetNZ. Wellington, 10 April 2010.

ACTA (the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement or ACTA) is a controversial international treaty being negotiated in a series of secret meetings.

ACTA is proposed as a plurilateral trade agreement for establishing international standards on intellectual property rights enforcement. It is being negotiated between the US, Canada, Japan, the European Union, South Korea, Mexico, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand. Unfortunately, the negotiations have extended beyond trade and physical counterfeiting to potentially cover non-commercial infringement of copyright material by ordinary citizens and issues of digital rights management.

What is PublicACTA?

PublicACTA has been organised by InternetNZ so that the public can critique the known and likely content of ACTA proposals. It will be held on Saturday, 10 April 2010, two days ahead of Round 8 of the ACTA negotiations on 12-16 April in Wellington.

The aim of PublicACTA is to seek improvements to the Agreement and enable people to connect and discuss the issues. At PublicACTA an agreed statement will be produced that the public and interested organisations can sign up to, to be delivered to New Zealand Government negotiators and politicians
Who should attend?

Anyone concerned with rights on the Internet and potential of new technologies, and the risks in trading these away in international negotiations.

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