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Cyndee Todgham Cherniak

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Susan Kohn Ross


Andrew Hudson

Call to Canadians - Seek Access to ACTA Negotiations Information

The Counterfeit Blog posted the following post on September 27, 2008 -


The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Public Knowledge filed suit September 18 against the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) asserting that the USTR had failed to comply with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by withholding information regarding the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).

Canadians should be inspired to make access to information requests and file similar law suits.  The ACTA is going to be far-reaching and impact on privacy rights.  While importing counterfeit goods is bad, you do not need a 1000lb bomb to stop a turtle.  Rumour has it that the ACTA will permit customs authorities to seize anything they want in order to look for counterfeit goods.  For example, they can seize your laptop to look for counterfeit software.  They can seize your Ipod to look for illegally downloaded music.  They can seize your cell phone to look for illegally downloaded screen savers.  I hope they won't implement strip searches to look for Victoria Secret knock offs.

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