watch@_@bitch asks about CETA and TTIP

Very excited about watchdog course I’m taking I decided to use my newly acquired competence and have just asked The Directorate General for Trade about CETA and TTIP agreements.

As you probably know most of the documents about negotiations between UE and Canada/US are not publicly available but I decided to take my chance :)

I used cool website  designed by AccessInfo coalition. That’s what I wrote:

/// Dear Trade (TRADE), Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as developed in Regulation 1049/2001, I am requesting documents which contain the following information:

1) the content of all correspondence (including e-mails) between the European Commission and the Polish Government (especially Polish Ministry of Economy) on a) the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and b) the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

2) Polish negotiating positions or other documents presenting the opinions of the Polish authorities on the proposed provisions of CETA and TTIP agreements regarding to intellectual property, held by the Commission.

3) what individuals and organizations (private, social or public) have so far (up to the date of application) access to all or part of the proposed provisions of CETA and TTIP agreements. Please give me:

a) the names of these institutions and the names and positions of persons,

b) date of availability of documents,

c) their scope and

d) the purpose of availability, as well as

e) the legal basis on which this access was granted. ///

Here is the link where an answer will be published within 15 days. Keep your fingers crossed.

watch@_@bitch is watching  :)

/// update 3.03.14 ///

I received very nice letter from Indre VAICEKAUSKAITE from Unit A3. Indre informed me that „the time limit will expire on 24/03/2014” but also asked about „the period covered by the request”. I elaborated that „I’m interested in all documents mentioned in my request but particulary in the last period of negotiations. So it is from 1st of July 2013 in case of TTIP and 1st of May 2009 in case of CETA to the date of the request.”


/// update 9.03.14 ///

I also asked Polish Ministry of Economy about our negotiating positions and proposed provisions TTIP agreement on IP issues.

I didn’t received any confirmation so not sure if they get my request. I’m a little worry because as I read another Ministry (of Culture) has huge problem with their form for access to information requests. It’s been 3 months and still doesn’t work. For real.


///EC TRADE still keeps me waiting:

„An extended time limit is needed as your application concerns potentially very large number documents. In addition majority of the documents requested originate from Member State which must be consulted in line with Article 4(4) of the Regulation.”

The new time limit expires on 14/04/2014.


Copyright law should stand on the side of citizens, not big corporations //interview//

Copyright law should stand on the side of citizens, not big corporations

The link above is to an interview we (me and Pawel Stankiewicz) gave about copyright consultations for Polish newspaper. We spoke about general problem with this law and debate – nobody shares citizens perspective. And business just doesn’t care for our liberties.

BTW do you think that it should be treated as an infringement of copyright that I put a link to copyrighted material without asking rightsholder for permission?

Consultation platform in Polish:

or other languages:

Digital rights as an ecological network

Digital rights are strongly bonded one to another because a violation of one of them leads to infringing the other. We can follow it on example of a right to culture*. This right is violated by strict enforcement of copyright law. IP regime leads to infringement of the right to education and knowledge. Companies chasing cases of infringement of their IP monopolies are using censorship methods what violates freedom of expression. To intercept infringement cases they must also use data collection systems which, in turn, leads to violations of the right to privacy, etc. Therefore we can say that Digital Rights create kind of ecosystem based on network structure.

Such recognition has it’s consequences: digital rights should not be considered separately. We need to defend them all and probably the constitution of Internet (like Brazilian Marco Civil) is a good idea because it helps to secure them all together.

Although there is no hierarchy in human rights and there should not be in digital rights, when we agreed that it is a network structure we can use network analytic theory as a Albert-Barabasi model to check if there is a particular right that bonds them all (or most of them) creating a hub. The attack on the hub would be particularly dangerous, because it would threatened all other rights. On the other hand, strong protection of that law would strengthen the position of others.

I would like to raise awareness of the correlation between different digital rights and to emphasize the importance of the reflection over network nature of these rights.




Article 27 – Universal Declaration of Human Rights:

Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.

Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.