Even Senators Who Want Stronger Copyright Laws Are Worried About ACTA

from the as-they-should-be dept

We've been wondering for a while now about why the ACTA treaty is being negotiated in such secrecy -- since the treaty will almost certainly greatly expand copyright laws around the world, without any real judicial approval. So it's good to see our concerns are echoed even by politicians who have long supported Hollywood's efforts to strengthen copyright law. Following the recent Congressional hearings about ACTA, Senators Patrick Leahy and Arlen Specter (who were behind the Senate ProIP bill that would put a copyright czar in the White House and unsuccessfully tried to make the FBI Hollywood's private police force) have now sent a letter saying that they're quite concerned about the ACTA Treaty. They're worried both that it will be too broad and that it's being negotiated entirely in secret. When even the politicians who push Hollywood's legislation are questioning ACTA (which is being written by Hollywood insiders), perhaps it's time that ACTA negotiators finally open up the process and let the rest of us in.

Filed Under: acta, arlen specter, copyright, patrick leahy, sunlight, trade agreements

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    raggs, 6 Oct 2008 @ 2:06am

    documents are possibly the main concern here

    i read that the ACTA legislation will make it an offence for you to read a leaked document via the internet. this includes govt docs of course and is apparently the reason why this bill is getting such swift passage. "Hey george have you heard them pesky plebs can't find out what we're doing with their rights/money/country/future through any avenue now?! let's get busy."

    compare it to another bill currently before the UN re: tax dodging. this seeks to stamp out tax havens in much the same way that ACTA seeks to stamp out places where dissemination of docs/files is unpunishable but has been shot out of the water by UK, USA, Australia and Canada.
    another win for the rich at the expense of everyone else.

    one more thing, (apologies if this has been done to death as it's my first time on this site) it's off topic but related. these are the top ten contributors (in descending order) to Bush's 2004 campaign:

    Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, PricewaterhouseCoopers, UBS-Americas, Goldman Sachs, MBN Corp, Credit Suisse Group, Lehman Brothers, Citigroup, and Bear Stearns.
    some doubtless familiar names to every reader.

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