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EU Internal Market and Services: Legislative strategy

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| Commissioner Charlie McCreevy has chosen...
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| Work continues on the patent litigation system and on the Community patent.
| Since the Commission adopted the Communication "Enhancing a patent system in
| Europe" in April 2007, it has been actively working towards a consensus on
| the key elements among Member States in the Council under the German,
| Portuguese and Slovenian Presidency in the Council.


The Community patent is a back door for software patents.

French Unveil Presidency Priorities

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| The French have set the construction of the European Research Area (ERA) as
| the main research priority for their presidency of the EU.
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| Elsewhere, the French pledge to 'strive to make progress towards a Community
| patent'.


French unveil presidency priorities

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| The French have set the construction of the European Research Area (ERA) as
| the main research priority for their presidency of the EU. Other priorities
| include boosting Europe's role in space and making progress towards a
| Community patent.



French Government decides to censor the Internet

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| In fact, worse still is that any site is now game for a French blockade, as
| Sarkozy’s government is inviting people to send in huge long lists of sites
| which offend their delicate sensibilities. The French government, which will
| purportedly be able to receive complaints from Internet users in real time,
| will be able to add sites to a so called “black list”, which it will then
| force national ISPs to block.


Trade agreement could hit privacy

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| In recent weeks, fears about the ACTA have spilled into the political arena.
| In Canada, opposition Members of Parliament have raised concerns in the House
| of Commons and Toronto-area Liberal MP Bob Rae blogged that it "augurs a
| ridiculously intrusive national and international apparatus to police
| practices that are as common as eating and breathing."
| With another round of talks set for next month in Japan, participating
| governments should use the opportunity to lift the veil of ACTA secrecy.
| Trade negotiators may prefer to remain outside of the spotlight, yet greater
| transparency is desperately needed.


Embattled ACTA Negotiations Next Week In Geneva; US Sees Signing This Year

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| Criticism from NGOs
| Canadian law expert David Fewer, staff counsel at the University of Ottawa’s
| Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic, told the Ottawa Citizen
| that the discussion paper was very close to a potential Christmas wish-list
| by Hollywood companies.
| Knowledge Ecology International (KEI), in an earlier statement filed to USTR,
| warned against a lack in differentiation and clearness of core terms, like
| counterfeiting, infringement or piracy. “Is Microsoft a “pirate” for
| insisting on the right to continue to infringe the z4 patents in order to use
| an infringing DRM technology to protect Microsoft software itself from
| infringement by unauthorised uses?” KEI asked in its statement.



The British Library - "The world's knowledge" DRM'd and for a price

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| DRM is part of the plan, and I encourage you to read the entire Microsoft
| document. It would make my grandmother roll over in her grave. Some of the
| librarians at the British Library are deeply troubled too about what DRM is
| doing to libraries. How will we access the materials if the DRM company goes
| out of business someday?
| If they duplicate what they have done at the British Library, I think it's
| fair to say that it is the death of public libraries as we have known them,
| and the world's knowledge will be available only DRM'd and for a price.
| P.S. DRM doesn't work.
| It won't block any serious criminals.
| All it does is annoy and degrade the honest
| ... and give monopolies a way to stay that way.

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