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G8 states want anti-piracy treaty by year end

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| On the second day of the G8 meeting in Hokkaido, Japan, the rising price of
| food and oil were the focal points, along with climate change. But the heads
| of the G8 nations also found time to consider the troublesome issue of
| intellectual property. In their declaration on the global economy published
| today, they therefore called for an Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement
| (ACTA) to be adopted by the end of the year.


Rambus Sues Nvidia

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| Rambus on Thursday said it had filed a lawsuit against Nvidia, alleging the
| graphics chip vendor had infringed on memory architecture patents owned by
| Rambus.


Rambus still on a war path, showing how stupid the USPTO is (patent ambush).


Digital copyright: it's all wrong

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| The ACTA draft is a scary document. If a treaty based on its provisions were
| adopted, it would enable any border guard, in any treaty country, to check
| any electronic device for any content that they suspect infringes copyright
| laws. They need no proof, only suspicion.
| They would be able to seize any device - laptop, iPod, DVD recorder, mobile
| phone, etc - and confiscate it or destroy anything on it, merely on
| suspicion. On the spot, no lawyers, no right of appeal, no nothing.


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.

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