U.S., Korea, Singapore, Denmark, Germany, Belgium And Portugal: Against ACTA Transparency

from the and-why? dept

One of the biggest issues in discussing ACTA is the rampant secrecy behind the negotiations. We've heard calls from many different politicians to get rid of the secrecy and be more transparent, but we hadn't heard who was against the transparency (other than some industry lobbyists who, in theory, shouldn't have much say in this). The only statement came from the USTR, who claimed that countries would leave the negotiating table if the text were made public -- but wouldn't say who or why.

Well, now we know who. A leaked document highlights which countries are against transparency and the list includes Belgium, Portugal, Germany, Denmark, South Korea and Singapore. Many other countries -- headed by the UK -- have been in support of opening up the process and being more transarent. Among those in favor of transparency are the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Ireland, Hungary, Poland, Estonia, Austria, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. And then there's the US, who simply claims it's being transparent, but apparently refuses to take a stand on transparency in the negotiations (why should it -- when those negotiations themselves are secret). Apparently the real stickler for secrecy is Denmark, which perhaps isn't that surprising. While there are many Danish people who are fighting the copyfight, Denmark's "anti-piracy" organization has been among the most aggressive in suing pretty much anyone, and demanding all sorts of sites be shut down or blocked. Unfortunately, it sounds like they're now the main blockers in keeping the ACTA process secret.

But, of course, for all that attempted secrecy, the documents keep leaking, and they're definitely problematic. It seems like it's time for the supporters of transparency to stand up to Denmark and the others and tell them that if they don't want the process to be transparent, then they should walk away from the agreement. And, in the meantime, it's time for the USTR to stop pretending it's being transparent and to actually support real transparency in these negotiations.

Update: And another report points out that "Italy and France fear retaliation" from the US if they vote for transparency...

Filed Under: acta, denmark, secrecy, transparency

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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 25 Feb 2010 @ 2:32pm

    Indentured Servitude expanded to customers

    Make no mistake, ACTA is on the lips of everyone within the media industry, yet there's no coverage of it in the media because it's actually a "Media Profits Management" bill. Do you challenge the hand that feeds you? No.

    Management of creatives has always been an issue with ensuring they continue to make depressed wages being at the forefront. In the 1940s, actors and artists lived as indentured servants. This ultimately lead to unionization, multiple guilds, as well as multiple levels of legally recognized royalties and rights, all outside of the original intent of the USPTO and Thomas Jefferson's original concept behind creation of the USPTO. ACTA exists to seek substantiate a need for management control, driven by profits. Because they've squeezed their employees so hard for the sake of short-term profits, they need to expand to control their consumers. Make no mistake about that.

    You can bet that people in management don't care. As long as they can find someone to pay slightly above minimum wage, they don't care what creative talent they bring to the table.

    I am lucky enough to find a group of people that pay me on my creative worth. It's this model that they're fighting against. As long as they can continue to depress wages, and legitimize finding new revenue sources so they can afford the house with the two swimming pools, they have no problem controlling whoever is a part of their product foodchain. There's no stopping them.

    This is the core of what ACTA is about.

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