Now That Everyone's Seen ACTA, USTR Says 'It's Time To Release It'

from the nice-work,-guys dept

So, for years now, the USTR has fought as hard as possible to keep ACTA a secret, while pretending otherwise. It’s insisted that ACTA wasn’t secret while at the same time refusing to release details of what’s in the document, claiming that it was a national security issue. Later, when confronted about it, the USTR claimed that others would leave the negotiating table if the text was made public. However, as more and more info leaked about ACTA, it became quite clear that it was really the US that was behind the level of secrecy. Of course, as time went on, more and more of the document leaked, the whole “secrecy” angle got pretty silly.

So it’s almost laughable to see the USTR say on Friday that now is finally the time to release a draft — as if everyone who didn’t already want to see it hadn’t seen it.

Overall, therefore, there was a general sense from this session that negotiations have now advanced to a point where making a draft text available to the public will help the process of reaching a final agreement. For that reason, and based on the specific momentum coming out of this meeting, participants have reached unanimous agreement that the time is right for making available to the public the consolidated text coming out of these discussions, which will reflect the substantial progress made at this round.

Yes. That or the massive public rebuke the USTR has been receiving from almost every quarter on this particular agreement. The full document gets “released” on Wednesday, and we expect it to be… well, pretty much like what was leaked last month.

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Marcel de Jong (profile) says:

And I’m suspecting a lot of blacked out words still. But I might just be cynical/jaded.

I’m too tired with this copyfight. They keep trying to screw our consumer rights, but act all uppity whenever we give them a blow back.

It’s the same on all levels. Be it copyright, patentlaw, and all other “intellectual” “property” “rights”.
Big Media (and other corporations) only have their direct bottom line in mind, and none of the consumer rights. And because they have the big bucks, they can afford good lobbyists and spend money on trips for politicians, who then become shills for them.

I’m sick and tired of it.

I wish I truly had a say in all this. Yes, I can vote and I do. But vote on who?
They all lie and cheat. Big promises during the election, but after they have been elected, it’s business as usual. What promises?

weneedhelp (profile) says:

Re: Anonymous Coward the shill

Wont it be scary when its just like the leaked docs?

anti-copyright sites?

Never heard about these. Where are they? Most i hear about is FAIR copyright, and FAIR use for the consumer.

I know FAIR is a difficult concept to understand. Coming from an industry that based itself on ripping off artists. Stealing what others have created for pennies, and although they may agree to your slave terms, it is still taking advantage of someone.

Case in point, WNOC, a local Philly band, was really great, at a time when the whole rap/rock thin was coming about. Live shows were a blast. Anyway, when it came time to get signed, they would not give up publishing rights. Good for them, but unfortunately it was the reason they did not get signed. So you ether sell the rights to EVERYTHING, or they take the ball and go home. Yeah, but its all in the interest of the “Artist” right?

weneedhelp (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re: Anonymous Coward the shill

“there are only two that I can remember being outright against copyright”

So your previous comment:
“wont it be funny if the release document turns out to be nothing like the scare docs that have been distributed by anti-copyright sites?”

“distributed by anti-copyright sites”
Implying there are many. If so shill, please point them out. You cant. You will try, grasping at straws, you will fail miserably.


But please dont go away. We need the underbelly of the entertainment world to keep on posting their absurd logic for the world to see, and the rational, critical thinkers, will call your bluff every time.

Kiss kiss Shill.

The Infamous Joe (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re:2 Anonymous Coward the shill

It’s good to remember that this site, if you leave the “name” slot blank, adds “Anonymous Coward”. So, two posts by someone named Anonymous Coward may not be the same person.

Confusing, yes, sometimes. I’m not quite sure why it’s so hard to just type a name, but that’s their prerogative.

It’s sad really, because you used so many capital letters, all for nothing. 🙂

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re: About time...

“omigod did you see last night’s American Idol?” is why we will not be able to generate uproar or outrage against ACTA. Because at the end of the day, most people just don’t care. Sure, the people pushing ACTA care. Sure, we care. But the vast majority of people do not. They do not want to know about how the prices of their favorite shows will go up over the next 10 years. They care about tonight’s episode of Survivor: Heroes and Villains vs. Jason now.

We, as a vocal minority, will not be able to affect change against the fortunes that have been put towards ACTA. Our success relies upon getting a majority of people to care about something they simply do not care about. They should care, but they don’t. Getting them to care will take a lot of time and effort; more time and effort than we have before ACTA is enacted.

weneedhelp (profile) says:

unlike alcohol prohibition in the 20's

unlike alcohol prohibition in the 20’s, most people are not aware, because it does not affect their lives directly. Not being able to have a beer after dinner is more of a direct impact. Getting kicked off the internet for accused file sharing will not happen to the majority, they will not care.

What would be a fun experiment, if someone would have the funds to follow through, would be to send really bogus, extortion letters to a vast majority of people in an area, or maybe just a handful of politicians/Judges per a given area demanding payment for alleged file sharing. Better yet, use the threat of being kicked off the internet, along with leaked/official documents of ACTA itself.

Print the ACTA document and leave it around public areas. Public transport, parks, etc.

Talk about it to anyone who will listen.

Poke the beehive with a stick.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: unlike alcohol prohibition in the 20's

you mnight be right if people were getting kicked off the internet wholesale which is not the case. you can get all upset and try to raise public protest, but in the end the public wants the content and isnt willing to give it up just to make a few pirates and hacker kiddies happy. if you explain it all to them, they wont agree with your point of view ever.

Chronno S. Trigger (profile) says:

Re: Re: unlike alcohol prohibition in the 20's

“if you explain it all to them, they wont agree with your point of view ever.”

If you explain it in your limited perspective then yes, no one will ever agree with you. Now, if you explain the full situation then people start agreeing (yes, I’ve already tested this).

slander (profile) says:

Re: Re: unlike alcohol prohibition in the 20's

They do not care, because they do not know. That’s the big problem. Whenever the Three Stooges, FOX and CNN mention it, their reports are always focused on counterfeit goods. I have never seen any of the established media outlets mention anything about the more draconian aspects of ACTA. Why would they — they are part of the force behind it.

That is what we’re up against. All the Techdirts and Slashdots in the world aren’t going to influence public opinion, because those voices are drowned out by the noise generated by Big Media. American Idol indeed…

Hephaestus (profile) says:

Funny this ....

” they confirmed that no participant is proposing to require governments to mandate a ‘graduated response’ or ‘three strikes’ approach to copyright infringement on the Internet. “

No government mandated three strikes … but the ISPs loose their safe harbor if they dont implement it

How is that not government mandated?

“There is no proposal to oblige ACTA participants to require border authorities to search travellers’ baggage or their personal electronic devices for infringing materials.”

We all know how governments never over reach, never try to induce fear in their populations, and never try to oppress their populations by any means at their disposal.

This is going to be fun to watch from an implementation stand point, the legal challenges that will happen, the negative publicity to the record labels and movie studios,
the sheer quantity of new encrypted applications.

If sweden, france, and south korea are any example this wont do anything to slow down infringement.

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