More Countries React To ACTA; Brazil Says ACTA Is Illegitimate

from the act-now dept

We've already covered how the EU Parliament is skeptical of ACTA. Ditto the Mexican Senate. In the US, which will undoubtedly sign the agreement, at least some politicians are asking questions about the document. Now news is coming out in a few other countries as well. Down in Australia, unlike in the US, they're planning to go through a full scrutiny process involving the Parliament and the public. On the flipside, it sounds like Singapore can't sign the document fast enough.

Of course, what may be most interesting is how countries who are not a part of the negotiations feel about this. Many people feel that the whole ACTA process was set up outside of WIPO and the WTO in order to avoid having to deal with the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China), which are all developing rapidly, and have a very different viewpoint on intellectual property than the countries involved in the negotiations. So, it's interesting to see that Brazil has already slammed the agreement (Google translation from the original Portuguese). A Brazilian official said that the agreement was not legitimate, negotiated by a closed group without considering all of the issues at play.

ACTA negotiators have said that they hoped, after their own countries agreed to sign onto ACTA, that the BRIC countries would follow down the road. Of course, if they wanted that to happen, perhaps they should have asked them to join the discussions. But, what would that accomplish, since the goal appears to have been to keep many stakeholders out of the negotiations, rather than being inclusive.


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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 14th, 2010 @ 9:30pm

    ACTA is not about finding common ground is about creating the perfect conditions to force others to fallow and the U.S. wonders why nobody like to do business with them.

    But the funny part is that the Asian nations involved really want this agreement because they are confident they will murder the competition coming out from the U.S., they will turn this agreement into something every American will regret even the rich.

     

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    fogbugzd (profile), Oct 14th, 2010 @ 9:41pm

    Doesn't matter

    I don't think it matters if the only two signers end up being the US and Singapore. The IP industry will still insist that we need to meet our international obligations and pass draconian laws.

     

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      Christopher (profile), Oct 16th, 2010 @ 10:48am

      Re: Doesn't matter

      There is no such thing as 'international obligations' other than making murder, physically attacking someone else, forcible rape and actually STEALING PHYSICAL PROPERTY illegal.

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 14th, 2010 @ 10:09pm

    China wants this law badly in order to ensure it can pass anti western laws like the one that made google leave china. The entire system is built on the fact that they steal everything from the US and only protect there own.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 14th, 2010 @ 10:39pm

    I guess we missed a real opportunity many years ago to involve all stakeholders when we failed to extend an invitation to the USSR to participate in the negotiations leading to the formation of NATO.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Oct 14th, 2010 @ 11:54pm

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      Ah, yes, the copyright industry does think it is at war with anyone who disagrees with them, so I suppose your stupid analogy (at least it wasn't about a car) has some useful meaning.

       

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    abc gum, Oct 15th, 2010 @ 5:27am

    ACTA = anti trade agreement?

    What is the C for ?

     

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    Hephaestus (profile), Oct 15th, 2010 @ 7:44am

    Cool Beans ...

    "the whole ACTA process was set up outside of WIPO and the WTO in order to avoid having to deal with the BRIC countries"

    That by itself should make the whole thing invalid.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 15th, 2010 @ 8:05am

    @7

    no the whole purpose was to give the usa some kind of future economy in screwign the world over for a world wide tax on somehting they have no business doing.

    THUS you wont see it happen and even in this attempt i hope it cost the "industry" millions to gt no where

     

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