Report: Video Game Biz Lobbyist Cleared for Secret IP Treaty Info

As GamePolitics has reported previously (see: Digital Rights Groups Go To Court Over Secret Anti-Piracy Treaty), secret negotiations are taking place between the United States, Japan, Canada, the European Union and others governments. Representatives of the various nations are attempting to broker a mysterious treaty known as the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).

Under discussion are intellectual property and copyright protection, important issues, to be sure. But while the Bush – and now, Obama – administrations have claimed that national security interests prevent consumer access to information about ACTA, Knowledge Ecology Notes reports that dozens of corporate lobbyists have been cleared for ACTA documents.

Included among these, according to the site, are Stevan Mitchell, VP of IP Policy for the Entertainment Software Association. The ESA is a trade association which represents U.S. video game publishers.

Also represented are the Motion Picture Association of America, the Recording Industry Association of America and the International Intellectual Property Alliance, of which the ESA is a member.

Hal Halpin, president of the Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA) has previously expressed concerns about ACTA:

Because ECA supports the balance that must exist between the rights of copyright owners and the right of copyrighted material consumers, we do not think it wise to include any portions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) in the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) currently being discussed…    

We are concerned that any DMCA language in ACTA may cause enormous, unforeseen negative implications in US law.  That is why ECA, together with the Consumer Electronics Association, the US Internet Industry Association, Intel, Yahoo, Verizon and others, sent a memo asking the USTR to carefully consider that any discussions of “Internet issues” in ACTA be carefully circumscribed, consistent with U.S. law, and not include any portions of the DMCA.

FULL DISCLOSURE DEPT: The ECA is the parent company of GamePolitics.

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    Wolvenmoon says:

    This is great. It’s probably going to result in massive raids against pirates a la modchip raids. After that, it’s a done deal. Pirates will go through ridiculous lengths to hide their-and anyone else that wants to’s-internet traffic.

    Hey, at least this’ll open jobs in network security degrees.

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    Craig R. says:

    The notion that anything involved in these talks is "national security" is a god awful joke.


    Why not just come out and say they want to bend us over and do obscene things to us?

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    ZippyDSMlee says:

    Its so nice to see copy right being fine tuned into fascism that everyone can feel…

    You can not block information/media from the public you can however block and control the profit made from that information/media, the sooner they focus on illicit profit and not mere distribution is when "infinite copy rights" can come into play without hurting the public.


    Gore,Violence,Sexauilty,Fear,Emotion these are but modes of transportation of story and thought, to take them from society you create a society of children and nannys, since adults are not required.

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    PHX Corp says:

    We need to stop the companies from becoming Sue-happy


    Watching JT on GP is just like watching an episode of Jerry springer only as funny as the fights

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