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dc.contributor.authorSmith, Jay
dc.descriptionI presented my paper on May 31 in Montreal at the Society for Socialist Studies during the Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences entitled this year Capital, Connections, Control. The title of the panel I was on was “Capacity building and virtual (online) community (joint session with the Canadian Sociological Association).” Clearly, my paper fit with the theme of the conference. Its focus on the international and global constraints on Canadian copyright reform was timely given that two days later the Canadian government introduced Bill C-32 to reform existing copyright legislation. Prior to the conference I sent my paper to one of the world’s experts on the political economy of intellectual property rights, Professor Chris May of Lancaster University, who made some helpful suggestions. The panel itself did not have a discussant but the audience in attendance was knowledgeable, asked a variety of questions and a lively discussion ensued. I intend to pursue further research on this topic, have sent in a paper proposal for next year’s International Studies Association conference, and once the fate of Bill C-32 has been decided write an article for the purposes of publication. Given the importance of the topic to distance education and research I would like to make a presentation to the university community.en
dc.description.abstractThis paper examines the ongoing negotiation process over the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement from a Canadian perspective. ACTA, in brief, would represent a globalized version of the U.S. Digital Management Copyright Act intended to become the vanguard of the global intellectual property enforcement regime. Spearheaded by the Office of the United States Trade Representative and U.S. corporate interests the treaty is being negotiated in secret and represents a serious attempt to “normalize” digital technologies and the Internet, a process by which the Internet becomes subordinate to corporate control. ACTA, if successfully concluded and signed by Canada, would supercede Canadian legislation meaning that the 2009 Canadian copyright consultations undertaken with the promise of producing a “made in Canada” copyright act would be superfluous. The progress of ACTA and Canada’s participation in it will be examined through a variety of lenses highlighting the clash between global and local governance, democratic versus executive control over public policy, corporate versus popular interests.en
dc.subjectNegotiation processen
dc.subjectTrade Agreementen
dc.subjectGlobal Governanceen
dc.titleThe Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) – Enclosing the Internet?en

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