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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  1. identicon
    uhuh, 22 Jan 2010 @ 5:08am

    capitalism and couterfeiting go hand in hand

    levis overprices its jeans
    someone goes i can make a reasonable pair cheaper BUT where they go wrong is they place a levi symbol same as the originator

    if this is all thats wrong , i have a solution thats far better for society.

    A) expose very public this counterfeiter
    B) show the quality of both items if same ALLOW the counterfeiter to continue as long as they remove symbols

    as to music and movies and such htink about this
    as i said before a counterfeit cdr you wont be able to tel leasily it is really a fake

    while lil johnny makes a music cdr and a custom label its pretty easy to tell

    the latter become illegal under acta EVEN with our cdr levy
    and when the CRIA is commerically infringing on 300000 artists it really starts to piss people off.

    ALSO the types a people create the truer fakes are nto lil johnny's and they dont give two shits about all the laws you make, THEY WILL KEEP DOING IT CAUSE 30$ MUSIC CDRS as i saw at futureshop in 2005 WILL CREATE A MARKET FOR THEM
    go back and read about the levis example.

    all this does in fact is put the entire piracy thing into counterfeit hands and real criminals and of the conservatives really do care for kids they'd not be handing there cultural habits to the real gangsters.

    no one can debunk this i've seen it and lived it.

    if your a reporter go find out about the plastics recycling plant in Pickering ontario that was to be melting down 75000 pirated cdrs/dvdrs a month and didn't , just turned round and resold them in stores EVERYWHERE

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