Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement

  1. ACTA Shot Down By EU; German, Austrian Music Industries Disappointed

    July 05, 2012 10:29 AM EDT The European Parliament voted on Wednesday in Strasbourg by a majority of 478-39 (with 146 abstentions) against ACTA, the anti-counterfeiting trade agreement. ACTA was signed by the European Commission along with ten nations including the U.S., Ca ...

  2. European Union to Reject ACTA Treaty

    June 22, 2012 10:59 AM EDT COLOGNE, Germany - European lawmakers put another nail in ACTA's coffin Thursday, insuring that the controversial anti-counterfeiting treaty will most likely be fail to pass the European Parliament. The Parliament's powerful Internationa ...

  3. ACTA, European Copyright Legislation, Is Dead, Says Politician

    June 19, 2012 12:59 PM EDT COLOGNE, Germany -- ACTA is dead in the water, at least in Europe. That's the opinion of Alexander Alvaro, a member of the European Parliament who has been active in defending civil liberties in the European debate over the controversial pan- ...

  4. Dutch Lawmakers Reject ACTA Online Piracy Treaty

    May 30, 2012 6:20 AM EDT THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Dutch lawmakers adopted a motion Tuesday urging the government not to sign a controversial international treaty aimed at reining in online piracy. The motion was another setback for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agre ...

  5. EU Suspends ACTA Copyright Treaty Ratification

    February 22, 2012 8:40 AM EST BRUSSELS (AP) - The European Commission, facing steep opposition, is suspending efforts to ratify an international anti-counterfeiting agreement and instead referring it to Europe's highest court to see whether it violates EU rights. EU Trade ...

  6. 60,000 Germans Protest ACTA Anti-Piracy Legislation

    February 14, 2012 7:16 AM EST BERLIN - An estimated 60,000 people demonstrated over the weekend in more than 50 German cities against the international anti-piracy treaty ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement). In Berlin alone there were more than 10,000 protestors and an6 ...

  7. Business Matters: William Morris, Leahy Bill, Spotify and more

    October 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. IMA Wants William Morris Endeavor Documents -- A California judge must decide if the William Morris Endeavor talent agency must turn over documents related to about 30,000 performances by its arti ...

  8. ACTA Not Urging Adoption Of Three-Strikes

    April 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.S. digital rights advocates and a computer industry trade group criticized the newly released draft text of an international agreement to toughen penalties for copyright theft. The European Union's executive branch and the U.S. Trade Repres ...

  9. EU To Seek Publication of Anti-Piracy Deal

    March 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The European Union said it wants the United States and others to publish a draft global anti-piracy deal to end rumors that it advocates cutting off Internet access for illegal downloaders. European Internet service providers said last month that ...

  10. Leaked ACTA Draft Doesn't Call for Three-Strike Penalties

    February 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST A leaked draft of a section of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) shows no intention to install the type of draconian punishment for digital piracy expected by many of its critics. Rather, the Internet section of the multilateral trade ...

  11. Report: Three-Strikes On ACTA Agenda

    January 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST Three-strikes style measures to tackle illegal file-sharing are being secretly discussed at the anti-counterfeiting trade agreement (ACTA) talks in Mexico. The Financial Times reports that activists and industry groups have confirmed the talks, wh ...

  12. Business Matters: Vevo, ACTA, EMI, Vampire Weekend and More

    January 14, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- According to comScore's tracking numbers, new video streaming site Vevo was the top network in the music-entertainment category in Decembe ...

  13. Business Matters: Hastings, ACTA, SoundExchange

    November 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Retailer Hastings posted a net loss of about $3.7 million in Q3 2009 ending October 31. The company's loss through the first ten months of ...

  14. Business Matters: Fillmore, Verizon, RIAA, Blackberry

    November 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- The Lee Development Group and Montgomery County have struck a deal that will create a Fillmore Music Hall in Silver Springs, Maryland. Maryland ...

  15. Business Matters: Qtrax, EMI, MySpace Music, Grand Ole Opry

    November 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Qtrax is reported to have hired CLSA, a brokerage firm, to help it raise an additional $50 million . The company, the creator of an ad-supporte ...

  16. EC Anti-Piracy Measures Soothe But Don't Satisfy

    September 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT IFPI chairman/CEO John Kennedy says new European Commission measures on intellectual property rights are "good news for Europe's music sector," but rights-holders still want stronger anti-piracy legislation across Europe. The Commis ...

  17. IFPI Lauds Anti-Piracy Trade Agreement

    October 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The IFPI has welcomed an agreement between the likes of the European Union, the United States and Japan to enter talks on strengthening the enforcement of intellectual property rights. Some of the world's leading markets on Tuesday committed ...

  18. Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Pact Unveiled On Capitol Hill

    October 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab today unveiled an initiative for the United States and some of its key trading partners to negotiate what is being called an Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). During a press conference held on Capit ...

  19. EC Slams China Over Rampant Piracy

    October 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission Thursday (Oct. 5) threatened to take China to the World Trade Organization if it failed to staunch the flow of counterfeit goods into Europe. The European Commission Thursday (Oct. 5) threatened to take China to the World T ...

  20. EC Slams China Over Rampant Piracy

    October 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission Thursday (Oct. 5) threatened to take China to the World Trade Organization if it failed to staunch the flow of counterfeit goods into Europe. The European Commission Thursday (Oct. 5) threatened to take China to the World T ...

  21. EC Introduces Customs Fraud Program

    May 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission has confirmed a new €324 million ($415 million), six-year program to fight fraud and counterfeiting at the European Union's borders. The European Commission has confirmed a new €324 million ($415 million), s ...

  22. EU Pledges Vital Role For Intellectual Property

    May 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission today (May 3) called for a new copyright protection culture in Europe, and promised measures to help businesses deal with various bureaucratic barriers to innovation while figh The European Commission today (May 3) called f ...

  23. British Government Launches Anti-Piracy Plan

    August 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The British government has unveiled a national strategy on fighting counterfeiters, with a special focus on intellectual property (IP). LONDON -- The British government has unveiled a national strategy on fighting counterfeiters, with a special fo ...

  24. EU Piracy Directive Clears Hurdle

    May 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission last Monday formally adopted the European Union's Enforcement Directive, which provides a legal framework against piracy and counterfeiting. BRUSSELS--The European Commission last Monday formally adopted the European U ...