Senator Wyden Demands ACTA Details Be Revealed

from the good-for-him dept

Late last year, we noted that Senator Bernie Sanders had questioned why ACTA negotiations were being kept secret well beyond normal -- even to the point of being classified as a state secret. The USTR gave the usual non-answer in response, and it appears that other Senators are beginning to worry about this as well. Senator Ron Wyden is now demanding that the USTR confirm or deny the various leaks about ACTA that have raised so many concerns.

Wyden also pointed out that "objectives behind the negotiations still remain inadequately clear to the American public." I actually don't know that this is true. The objectives seem abundantly clear from what's been leaked: to put up artificial barriers to help prop up an industry unwilling to adapt to changing times. The letter itself (pdf) includes 11 questions for the USTR including asking for assurances that ACTA would neither force changes on US IP laws nor would it constrain Congress from adjusting such laws in the future.

Update: Looks like politicians around the world are starting to wake up and question all this ACTA secrecy.

Filed Under: acta, copyright, secrecy, senator ron wyden, transparency


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    The Anti-Mike (profile), 8 Jan 2010 @ 9:09am

    Re: Re: Re: Oregon

    Look, it's a missed point:

    It's a question of risk / reward. You don't see the Junior Senator from California or the like asking about it, because for them there is more of the table. For the Senator from Oregon, he risks what, pissing off the one movie product that comes to the state each year?

    Basically, he can ask the question because he has nothing to lose by people being upset about him asking the question. It isn't about the RESULTS of the treaty, it's about stepping on people's toes.

    It's politics, and the question from the wrong person would be very impolitic indeed.

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