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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    Hephaestus (profile), 29 Jan 2010 @ 4:55pm

    Dry runs ....

    South Korea, Sweden, Spain, UK's digital economy bill, all seem to be dry runs for ACTA. What is very interesting is that they are pushing so hard, and so fast to get ACTA signed, they seem to be ignoring what is going on in the countries they got laws passed in. But that has been the problem since the beginning. They ignore what they dont want to see. That is why in the short run ACTA will be passed, in the long run ....

    With this perceived protection they will do victory dances, smoke their cigars, drink, snort some coke, hire some hookers, pat each other on the back, and go about business as usual. "We are protected now" will be the cry from the board rooms of all media distribution companies ...

    they will do nothing to adapt the old school business models ... the world will continue down the path it is currently following and adapt to the new rules ... then premature failure of their businesses will occur because they believe themselves to be protected and they do nothing to change.

    This is the future ACTA will bring so I say ....

    BRING IT ON!!!!!

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