ACTA Negotiators Hold Closed Door Meeting To Say They Need To Be More Transparent

from the irony dept

One of our biggest complaints with ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement that was initially written by the entertainment industry, and is being used to effectively sneak through new copyright law requirements around the world (every time you hear an industry supporter claim that copyright laws must be changed to live up to "international obligations" you know they're leaving out the part where it was the same industry that wrote those international treaties), is that the whole thing is being negotiated in secret. So, it seems rather amusing that the latest (secret) negotiations resulted in a press release saying that they discussed how they need to be more transparent (found via Michael Geist). So, after holding a closed door meeting, they let everyone know that they discussed how it really sucks that they hold these closed door meetings? Here's a suggestion: instead of issuing a press release afterwards next time, why not open up the meetings?
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    Anonymous Coward, 24 Dec 2008 @ 8:55am

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    Many commenters and article writes constantly decry undue influence by the entertainment industry concerning international treaties. Merely pointing out that many of the "problems" currently associated with US copyright law were not of US pressure on the rest of the world, but in substantial part were driven by european standards. The concept of copyright terms driven by the life of the author is of european origin. Automatic copyright without registration formalities is of european origin. Elimination of need use notice of copyright is of european origin. "Making available" is a specific right emanating from europe. "Moral Rights", which have not been adopted in the US, are of european origin.

    US copyright law used to be replete with formalities, in much the same manner as patent law. Scrupulously follow the formalities or a copyright is invalid. Those formalities have been chucked out the window in order to harmonize US law with that of europe.

    Yes, the US does now have a strong presence when it comes to international harmonization, but it is useful to keep in mind that much, of not most, of what we now have (sans the DMCA and Sonny Bono) did not have its genesis here in the US.

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