PublicACTA: a people's copyright treaty summit, NZ, 10 April 2010

Gnat sez, "The final round of ACTA negotiations will be in New Zealand, 12-16 April. In the days before that, InternetNZ (which runs the .nz domain) will host an open conference called PublicACTA in Wellington. The idea is to get Internet experts, technology lawyers, and the public involved and heard. The outputs of the conference will be given to the NZ negotiators ahead of the final round."

ACTA could affect everyone's rights on the Internet. Proposals from some countries seek to go beyond New Zealand's current public position. It is therefore very important that there is a forum for public discussion," says [InternetNZ Policy Director] Carter.

"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."

Kiwis are blooded and proven copyfighters: they've been through the wars over three-strikes rules for their nation's copyright laws, and prevailed. They will kick all kinds of ACTA ass next month, mark my words.

InternetNZ to take public message to ACTA negotiators

(Thanks, Nat!)