ACTA, EU and WikiLeaks
Julian Assange answers your questions (www.guardian.co.uk):
Do you have leaks on ACTA?
Yes, we have leaks on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, a trojan horse trade agreement designed from the very beginning to satisfy big players in the US copyright and patent industries. In fact, it was WikiLeaks that first drew ACTA to the public’s attention – with a leak.
Showdown for free speech in Germany
As previously discussed it does not look good at all for blogging, online indie media, art and free speech in Germany. Next week might already tell if Berlin and Germany will still be a relevant place to be for new media, online art and anyone considering investing time and money in this country:
Berlin: Infoveranstaltung & Entscheidung zum JMStV (www.netzpolitik.org)
JMStV: Emails an Abgeordnete (www.netzpolitik.org)
And there is yet another potentially serious problem for bloggers in Germany, the Leistungsschutzrecht: think of it as software patents for snippets of words. Basically established media will have exclusive rights to certain phrases they “created”. The article says a website explaining the problem will go online in mid-December.
Ein neues Monopol mit irreführendem Namen (www.heise.de)
Update 1: This is related… One wonders if the same might not have happened in Germany in regards to the JMStV…?!
Wikileaks cables reveal that the US wrote Spain’s proposed copyright law (www.boingboing.net)
Update 2: The Wikileaks Copyright Cables: Confirmations Not Revelations (www.michaelgeist.ca)