Mexican Senate Calls On President To Reject ACTA

We recently wrote about efforts in the Mexican Congress to get that country to refuse to sign onto ACTA. Geraldine Juarez, who wrote that last post for us, alerts us to the news that after a few weeks of discussions with various parties — including hearing directly from citizens (rather than just the industry), the Senate has officially asked the President to reject ACTA. That link is in Spanish, but Juarez kindly translated the statement for us. The highlighted parts are by me, calling out some of the key points:

Since the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) would be contrary to various individual guarantees contained in the Constitution, Senators of the working group that monitor the process of the negotiations of such agreement, the Senate considers relevant to urge the Federal Executive power not to sign the agreement.

A statement released by the PRI senator Eloy Cantu Segovia, who heads the group and where the reasons for not signing the treaty were discussed, says that ACTA would violate the principle of presumption of innocence in our country. This – which is explained in the text – is because of the ambiguity of some provisions of the commercial project (the agreement) that would be contrary to the security and certainty of Mexicans.

Also, specifically, the process of negotiating this agreement violated the Law on Approval of Treaties on Economic Matters, as its provisions were not implemented in a timely and sufficient way for the agencies involved in the negotiations. This generated opacity and impediment to the Senate to provide adequate follow-up to this negotiation, highlighted in the text. Similarly, the Senators in this group argue that the implementation of ACTA would be a limitation to the “universalization of Internet access desirable in Mexican society.” Instead, it would widen the digital divide and lessen the possibility that the country is inserted into the so-called information and knowledge society, they said.

They warned that the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement could lead to a censorship of Internet content and therefore a restriction on freedom in its operation and neutrality that the internet should have. They also noted that (ACTA) would put at risk the development of “legitimate commerce, digital creativity and legitimate cultural diffusion” of Mexicans.

In this regard, they stressed that one of the issues discussed was the possibility that “under the justifiable argument” of the protection of intellectual property rights, it could create rules that restrict freedom and neutrality of the Internet. However, they also stated that intellectual property rights are the best mechanism to encourage research, innovation, technological development, creativity and culture, so the Internet is a new scenario for the protection of these rights.

Therefore, we believe, it requires a specific legal framework for the protection of intellectual property must be made carefully, “so you have the necessary efficiency without generating a regression , or limitations on the reach of internet services in general and the right to their access. ”

The statement said that after making several public hearings and meetings with the authorities responsible for these issues, the diverse group “enriched the information and knowledge on the subject with the views and comments of various participants.” That – highlights – allowed a comprehensive view of the contents of ACTA, its purposes and possible effects of its application.

The document was submitted to the Political Coordination Board.

It’s become quite clear at this point that Mexico is no fan of ACTA. It’s unclear if this will eventually matter, but for now it’s nice to see a large group of politicians stand up against not just the ridiculously secretive ACTA process, but also the end results as well

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John Doe says:

Re: Re: Say wha?

It might be an over simplification, but yes, the US is the first government of its kind where it is rule by the people though to look at it today it would be hard to tell that.

For example, when George Washington decided not to run for re-election, the leaders of other nations were astonished that he would walk away from it and return to farming. He and the other founding fathers envisioned that being president was for a limited time and then you would return to your life. They did not envision the career politicians we have today.

Eileen (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re: Say wha?

Which is why I think when we finally get a re-do on this whole thing, there should be an ironclad “vow of poverty” rule for going into elected government. You are allowed assets equal to the average American and a similar income/year, the rest gets donated to charity. While lots of people would still be perpetual “guests” of the moneyed interests, it would be a lot more obvious who’s paying for them.

abc gum says:

Re: Re: Re: Say wha?

“the US is the first government of its kind where it is rule by the people”

I’m no historian and the US is not a democracy – so I doubt the US was first in this regard.

“Democracy has its formal origins in Ancient Greece,[20][21] but democratic practices are evident in earlier societies including Mesopotamia, Phoenicia and India”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democracy

Legolas2112 (profile) says:

The Kitten, the Dog, and the Copyright

Mexico is much more of a free society than the US. Where I received this nasty notice after trying to share a dumb but funny video clip of a kitten terrorizing a pit bull. I’m rather surprised that the FB account is still working this morning… After I sent them an Email telling them EXACTLY what I thought of their action… (Sailors and mules would blush at the invective!)

gorehound (profile) says:

If you really want to get rid of ACTA or being spied upon by our government the best option is for some real change.And the only way we will in fact change the system is to vote for candidates who do not belong to either the reps or dems party.the two parties have created this mess and vote in these laws but this is a democracy (supposedly) so let us vote out all these old fogies and get some cool people in there who will stand up and do the right thing.

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