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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    Ivan, 3 Oct 2008 @ 7:41am

    "Oh this is a Great Thanksgiving dinner you made, Sister."

    I don't see how this is newsworthy. For all we know, Patrick Leahy and Arlen Specter may have kids or grandkids who watch what people bearing their last name do for a living. Thankfully the interwebs makes it easy for them to do so. Using the internet to understand the value they bring to the genepool is always essential in a voting year, especially considering potential awkward/undesirable Thanksgiving conversations:

    "Grandpa/Dad/Uncle, what is a ProIP"?
    "Nothing Dear. Why do you ask?"
    "My friend at School said we [Leahy]s and/or [Specter]s sold the country out."

    Wouldn't that would be awkward! But what would you do? Ask for the Gravy?

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