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Nate Anderson
Ars Technica
Aug 19, 2010

What’s in a name? Not much, when it comes to the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. As Luc Devigne, the top EU negotiator on ACTA made clear today, he has no intention of limiting ACTA to, you know, its name.

ACTA negotiators gathered today for an informal luncheon at which some outsiders were invited, including several civil society folks. According to American University’s Mike Palmedo, who attended the DC event and took notes later sent to Ars, “[Devine] asked more than once how you could have an ‘IP Enforcement’ treaty and not include patents—and dismissed suggestions that ACTA was specifically an ‘Anti-Counterfeiting’ treaty rather than a broader enforcement treaty.” (Australia still objects strongly to including patents in ACTA, but the EU wants them included.)

But perhaps the strangest moment of the luncheon came when the civil society advocates dropped by a table of South Korean negotiators. The Americans asked how ACTA was playing among civil society groups back in Korea.

“When asked what Korean civil society was pushing for, the answer was quite different than what we expected,” said Palmedo. “There has been some pressure in Korea for the inclusion of ‘morality on the Internet’ provisions following a string a scandals in Korea involving celebrity suicides linked to gossipy Internet slander.”

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