Sweden Says It Won't Agree To ACTA If It Requires Any Changes To Swedish Or EU Laws

from the take-a-stand dept

While US negotiators keep insisting that ACTA won't change US law, they're perfectly willing to admit that's not the case for other countries. That's why much of what the US is insisting on in ACTA looks like the US's quite problematic existing copyright law (minus a few consumer protections and with some "hints" at stricter compliance). However, it looks like at least some countries aren't interested in taking dictation from the US when it comes to their own copyright laws. Henrik Moltke points out that Swedish officials are saying they simply won't agree to ACTA if it requires any changes to Swedish or EU laws. Of course that "or EU laws" part is tricky. What if it requires changes to EU law, and that impacts Sweden even without agreeing to ACTA? Still, it's nice to see some countries standing up and publicly stating they won't be bullied by the US into copying (wait, weren't ACTA supporters calling that "stealing?") US copyright law.

Filed Under: acta, copyright, europe, sweden


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    Anonymous Coward, 4 Mar 2010 @ 10:51pm

    Throwing a bone: A serious idea for a MBA/JD/PH.d Thesis.

    The declaration of overbearing IP rights may not so much be based in an economic system called capitalism but from the lack of efficiency of the business to break from 50-year old processes, industry-level bureaucracy, along with internal politicization which do not enable their very industry to put the framework in place in which allows the business the ability to continue to thrive in realistically cycles. This seems to be an issue for a bulk of the western world. But, ACTA seems to vertically align British/US capitalistic IP ideology around the globe. This is a very scary idea indeed. I wonder if there exist peer-reviewed studies or a thesis from reputable US Universities that have studied the global business impact of harmonizing all countries IP laws to be in-line with US.

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