PublicACTA Wellington Conference with Michael Geist, Kim Weatherall As Speakers

A new website for PublicACTA — the parallel ACTA conference open to the public — has opened for registrations at www.PublicACTA.org.nz. The next round of official talks will be in Wellington during the second week of April and people from ACTA.net.nz (including the CFF) are arranging several events to both inform artists the wider public and to garner their opinion for New Zealander negotiators. More information on PublicACTA and SecretACTA can be found in our previous blog post.

The press release reads as follows…

A dedicated website has been launched at www.publicacta.org.nz, to provide details on the PublicACTA event to be held in the Town Hall in Wellington on 10 April 2010, ahead of the controversial ACTA (Anti-Countereiting Trade Agreement) negotiations.

Respected Australian legal academic Kim Weatherall has confirmed as a speaker, joining Canadian law professor Dr Michael Geist, previously announced. Further speaker and programme details will be announced in coming weeks.

InternetNZ (Internet New Zealand Inc) is the organiser of PublicACTA, which is a day long event that will enable the public to voice its concerns about the ACTA negotiations. The outputs of PublicACTA will be provided to the New Zealand government negotiators.

Registrations are rolling in and can now also be accepted through the website. Attending PublicACTA is free of charge.

InternetNZ Policy Director Jordan Carter says the organisation is proud to provide this platform for public discussion. “The secrecy
around the treaty is concerning, with even the location of the negotiations in Wellington from 12-16 April being kept hidden from the public.”

“What is clear is that the negotiations extend well beyond trade and physical counterfeiting to include non-commercial infringement of copyright material by ordinary citizens, and digital rights management. This could affect everyone’s rights on the Internet and it is therefore very important that there is a forum for public discussion.”

The aim of PublicACTA is to raise the public’s concerns, seek improvements to the Agreement, and provide an opportunity for people to connect and discuss the issues. The output will be an agreed statement that the public and interested organisations can sign up to, to be delivered to New Zealand government negotiators and politicians.

For more information go to www.publicacta.org.nz

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