[A2k] Confirmation that Obama Administration was "lone hold out" for releasing bracketed ACTA text to the public in Summer of 2010. | Knowledge Ecology International

Jamie Love james.love at keionline.org
Tue Apr 26 05:47:14 PDT 2011


http://keionline.org/node/1120

Confirmation that Obama Administration was "lone hold out" for
releasing bracketed ACTA text to the public in Summer of 2010.

25 Apr 2011

On July 1, 2010, William Yue, the Senior Counsel, Office of the Chief
Counsel for International Commerce at the US Department of Commerce,
wrote to Joel Blank and John Cobau about the ACTA negotiations. John
Cobau was the Chief Counsel for International Commerce at the U.S.
Department of Commerce, and Joel Blank was International
Attorney-Advisor at US Department of Commerce.

A redacted version of this email was the only document released to KEI
as part of a larger FOIA request concerning the Department of Commerce
role in the ACTA negotiations. A copy is available here:

http://keionline.org/sites/default/files/lone_holdout.pdf

The Obama Administration has blanked out 2 of the 3 paragraphs in the
July 1, 2010 email. The unredacted paragraph is informative, however.
What Yue confirms is that the United States was the "lone hold out"
for releasing the ACTA text at the 9th round of negotiations at
Lucerne, Switzerland.

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From: Yue, William
Sent: Thursday, July 01, 2010 7:26 PM
To: Cobau, John; Blank, Joel
Subject: ACTA
---------------------

The first two paragraphs are completely redacted.

The third paragraph reads as follows:

--------------------------
The other disagreement was over releasing the bracketed text. We were
the lone hold out; Kira said we would agree to release only an
unbracketed (ie, agreed text). The Euros and some others push hard for
release, but since it required consensus the text will not be
released. We spent the final 3 hours arguing over all of this.
Bill,
William C. Yue
wyue at doc.gov
202-482-3623
202-462-4076 (fax)
--------------------------

Later the Department of Commerce would give William Yue a "Distinguish
Service Award" for "his contributions to the negotiations of the
Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement."

2010 Distinguished Service Award [1]
Submitted on December 22, 2010 - 8:17pm

William Yue, Senior Counsel, Office of the Chief Counsel for
International Commerce. Mr. Yue was recognized for his contributions
to the negotiations of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, which
establishes a state-of-the-art international framework for effectively
combating global proliferation of commercial-scale counterfeiting and
piracy.

Links:

[1] http://www.commerce.gov/os/ogc/developments/2010-distinguished-service-award




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