Why Would Countries Leave ACTA Negotiations If Text Was Public?

from the how-does-that-make-sense? dept

KEI's James Love ended up on an airplane with USTR Ron Kirk, and was able to ask him some questions about ACTA secrecy. Kirk's response was that the document would be revealed after it was finished -- i.e., after those who it will impact most could have a say in the matter. He also claimed that some of those in the negotiations would "walk away from the table" if the documents were made public. It's difficult to see how that makes any sense -- but if it's true, is that a bad thing? Do you really want to be negotiating a big treaty like this one if some of the countries are afraid to stand behind the document to the public they're supposed to represent? I think the fact that some countries would walk away from the negotiations if they were made public pretty much explains why this process is so broken in the first place.
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    slander (profile), 6 Dec 2009 @ 10:24am

    Re: This is a good thing .....

    1) An increase in Encryption
    Encryption will only be allowed for governments, copyright holders and member corporations of the BSA, RIAA, MPAA, IACC, ASCAP and SIIA. Any entity that is not one of the aforementioned and uses encryption shall be liable for criminal and civil penalties.

    2) Greater privacy (because of pt 1)
    (see #1)

    3) Better, more secure, encrypted, anon, file sharing apps
    (see #1)

    4) Decreased revenue and the eventual fall of the record labels
    Member corporations of the above listed organizations (which includes any entity assigned to represent them) shall receive material reimbursement should projected earnings fall below a threshold, which shall be determined by the aforementioned organizations and adjusted on a yearly basis.

    5) Greater use of CC liscenses as the labels become more draconian in punishing people and the artist bail on them.
    No artistic work shall be created, distributed, performed or duplicated in any fashion without the expressed consent, oversight and control of the aforementioned organizations. Any entity which attempts to circumvent this limitation shall be liable for criminal and civil penalties.

    6) The rise of business plans that are artist based not label based
    (see #5)

    7) The re-recording and distribution of Albums by artists under some form of CC liscense
    (see #5)

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