Daily Archives: April 21, 2010

For months, civil libertarians and internet freedom advocates have been fretting, with good cause, about the nominally secret multilateral negotiations on a document called ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.

Essentially, the agreement aims to take the flawed US Digital Millennium Copyright Act and export it worldwide, only favoring the copyright holders more.

Numerous leaks showed drafts that would have encouraged signatory nations, including the US, Japan and EU members, to become a sort of super-copyright police, possibly cutting off repeatedly accused pirates from the internet and searching laptops at the border for unapproved movies and music. Read more

Intel CFO Stacy Smith has been doing the rounds after last week’s sector-boosting record first quarter sales announcement, writes Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson, FT Media Editor.

He was in New York on Tuesday, but his thoughts were in China, which is already Intel’s second largest market and on course to overtake the US some day. Intel will open its first plant in China in about six months, a $2bn site in Dalian, but Smith was as focused on the prospect of faster-growing demand from the Chinese market. Read more