UK Gov't Tells MPs They Can't See ACTA Details

from the you-only-represent-the-people dept

While there have been more and more calls for transparency on ACTA negotiations, it seems that even government officials are being stymied. Some UK Parliament Members have asked for the details and are being told they cannot see the document because mysterious, nameless "others" require it to be kept secret. Of course, if you're an industry lobbyist, it's not hard to see the document. But, if your job is to represent the people? Get in line. You'll see it once it's been signed, sealed and delivered.
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    Richard Corsale (profile), 21 Jan 2010 @ 5:43pm

    Wellll

    Where do I start.. First of all, the counterfeiting bit is a misnomer. It's about a gross expansion of power for those that allready have far to much power. Power which is not regulated by the people but by the ones with said power. That has never worked out throughout all the history of mankind.

    Second Treaties can be used to tranced laws established by governments and their people LONG after the party that made them is out of power. Meaning regardless of public sentiment our "international obligations" come first.

    Third ACTA is far more reaching than even an expansion of Copyright, it's an expansion of TRIPS. TRIPS is a way of pushing our hopelessly broken patent system on the planet Earth. Many companies have withdrawn from entire markets in which they were just entering, because once TRIPS was signed they found themselves in violation of imagination patents on concepts and methods that were broadly used throughout a given industry. Liability is the anti-innovation. Small Database vendors and Chip makers are particularly susceptible to infringement given the thickets in those two sectors. You wont see many if any new players in those markets for sometime to come.

    ... Do you see why were all so worked up?? Take something that doesn't help anyone other than the already powerful, and kick it up a notch (Please don't sue me) and you get a global cooling of free markets. This is baaaaaad for small business and startups. Big players have pounded down companies in the US with patents, not because they win in court, but because they win in bankrupting the little guy with litigation fees. Which are now in the tens of millions of dollars to defend yourself against "one click checkout" inventions.

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