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World Customs Organization Recommendatons on IP Enforcement 2008

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July 6, 2008

The 7-paged document presents the summary of the 59th session of the `World Customs Organization's Policy Commission from of June 23rd - 25th 2008. While summarizing various formal matters discussed at the meeting around the organization of the Policy Commission (PC), the document also outlines discussions around "SECURE" (Standards to be Employed by Customs for Uniform Rights Enforcement) and "Customs in 21st century", two approaches to address Intellectual Property (IP) regulation. The section on the progress of the implementation of the WCO action plan notes a discussion around the "preferential rules of origin", a scheme implemented in the WCO's action plan to foster a database of IP origin to be globally enforced.

A copy of the document may also have been obtained by IP Watch but has only been made available to subscribers.

The documents is particularly relevant to the Proposed US ACTA multi-lateral intellectual property trade agreement (2007).
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World Customs Organization
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SHA256 ebe57be6aaac8752bf3c1d4f8934bf91c86cb534a54e47d713ca5065b7de458c
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Confidential Document of the WCO Advisory Body Discussing IP ("intellectual property") Enforcement via customs offices. Meeting was held 23-24 June. Document leaked by a Member State unhappy about the plan to use customs offices to enforce Intellectual Property Rights. Any one interested in freedom and privacy and fight against Hollywood and Big Pharma to take these freedoms away in the name of IPR will be interested in this document. WCO is moving fast to impose these controls, so it should be published soon.

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