Groups Demanding That ACTA Negotiations Be Made Public
from the it's-about-time dept
The entertainment industry had hoped to keep the whole process secret, and trade representatives have basically ignored all calls to open up the process, claiming that such trade agreements are always negotiated in secret. Of course, that doesn't make it right -- especially when this trade agreement isn't so much a trade agreement as it is a chance to sneak through legislation around the globe that is designed solely to protect a particular business model -- without any input from those who recognize that legislating business models harms both the competition and consumers. Now, over 100 public interest groups have teamed up to demand that the process be opened and that questions get answered about ACTA
While those involved in negotiating the document will continue to do what they've done all along (i.e., ignore the requests), hopefully some politicians will start to notice the complaints and begin asking questions. It's one thing for the entertainment industry to lobby politicians directly or pre-write their laws for them, but it's another to sneak widespread, sweeping -- and totally unnecessary -- changes to copyright law through without significant legislative review.