ACTA One Step Closer To Being Done; Concerns About Transparency Ignored

from the getting-closer dept

Despite widespread demands from politicians around the globe, combined with promises from the USTR to be more open and transparent (despite unsubstantiated and totally ridiculous claims that countries would leave the negotiations if details were made public) and even entertainment industry lobbyists admitting that the process could be more transparent, ACTA negotiations are continuing in a veil of total secrecy to the public (unless you're a big industry lobbyist -- then it's open). The latest meetings in Mexico were again held in total secrecy, where public concerns were mocked, but appear to have continued to move the negotiations forward with claims coming out that the document is in "final drafting stages."

Yes, without any transparency or participation allowed from those who it would impact most: the public.

How is it that any government is willing to participate in such a process? It's a massive travesty. The details that have been revealed suggest that this is a sneaky way to significantly impact copyright laws around the world, greatly in favor of a few industries that have been unwilling to adapt to a changing marketplace. This is protectionism at its worst. At the same time that US politicians are slamming China for its internet restrictions, ACTA seeks to place the same type of limitations on ISPs around the world that the Chinese government places on its ISPs, all done through a secret process with no public input -- even from many elected officials who are greatly concerned about both the content of the agreement as well as the way in which it has been drafted.

That the US government is orchestrating the whole thing at the behest of the MPAA and the RIAA, among others, is a disgusting display of industry influence in government policy. The administration should be massively ashamed of itself for not just participating in such a travesty, but in many ways leading the way and providing cover for the bogus claims of industry representatives and lobbyists that this is a minor trade harmonization issue, rather than a significant change in policy and an attempt to route around existing venues (that are willing to listen to the public and consumer concerns) in order to push through these changes on a widespread level.

Filed Under: acta, copyright, mexico, transparency


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  1. identicon
    Anony1, 29 Jan 2010 @ 4:11pm

    Hey TAM, First I knew you would be the first to comment.
    What does that say about you? I'll tell you! It says you're predictable. It also says that (as your name implies) your only purpose here is to be a gadfly.

    Exhibit A:

    " the US to limit fair use. The end results might not include either of those things"

    Are you capable of answering a single straightforward question? I say you're not, which will solidify your gadfly status. Let's test that OK?
    QUESTION: What if the treaty did try and limit fair use in the US, would you be comfortable with this position, and if so why?


    The discussions can be held in private, but the general concepts/proposals can technically still be discussed publicly, with no one individual signled out. In the US, people have representative government. Since fair use is accepted in US law, a decision to try and wipe it out would most likely be opposed by the majority of the American people. I have no data, that is just an opinion of my. The point is however, that an attempt to placate other countries would run contrary (in the US at least) to the concept of represenation at that point, and the will of the people. Possibly just to placate a non-democratic republic.
    Still OK with that are you? Really?


    Your reasoning fails basic logic. Bye for now.

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