I have been contacted on several occcasions by citizens having questions regarding the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) which the Commission is negotiating with Canada on behalf of the EU. These citizens are particularly concerned over the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) clauses in CETA.
In response to media reports that CETA introduces ‘ACTA through the back door’, the Commission has published a factsheet(1) on the topic. This factsheet includes the passage: ‘An effective and up to date copyright regime is essential to protect original creative material, such as music, dramatic and literary works. The EU wants to ensure that the EU artistic material under copyright is properly protected in Canada, just as Canadian material is protected in the EU’.
Since there are serious concerns among the public, can the Commission:
either make public all the passages in CETA that relate to IPR issues, or list and explain the exact provisions contained in the present text in detail? In particular those passages relating to digital rights ought to be made public in order to allow public scrutiny and rebuild the trust in the Commission and the EU that citizens have lost in the wake of the ACTA controversy;
state whether there are any IPR issues still being discussed with its Canadan counterparts;
state whether CETA includes any penalty clauses for IPR infringement affecting either the countries or their citizens;
state which companies, industry groups, industry representatives, ‘independent’ experts and outside actors were: (a) involved in the CETA negotiations or: (b) allowed to see and/or comment on draft versions of the agreement?