The ACTA negotiators were pretty insistent that the last round of negotiations would be the last round -- and came out of that round with claims of a "near final" document, though many of us noted that there appeared to be substantial areas of disagreement
. Since then, many people have noted significant legal issues
with the current document. So what's an ACTA negotiator to do? Well, not set up another round of negotiatons, but just get folks together in something that kinda sorta sounds like another round of negotiations in lovely Sydney, Australia and just refer to it as a "legal scrub,"
rather than an actual negotiations (found via Glyn Moody
). The document also covers the various issues that still need to be worked out -- and it certainly seems like (a) there's a lot and (b) some of them are very substantial in terms of their potential impact. But, it's not like the negotiators have any plans whatsoever to allow the public and actual stakeholders to take part in any of this discussion. Why, that might involve having to actually pay attention to what those folks have to say.