Obama: We Must Move Forward On ACTA

from the missing-the-point dept

With the EU Parliament soundly voting against ACTA secrecy and current proposals, lots of folks have been wondering how the US was going to respond. So far, it's not looking good. The USTR gave a giant no comment, and President Obama (who had been pretty quiet on ACTA himself) addressed ACTA in a speech, where he expressed strong support for continuing to move forward with ACTA.

What was telling, however, was how he described ACTA -- which is that he used the bogus arguments for what people think ACTA is about, rather than what's actually in the agreement. It's a political trick:
"There's nothing wrong with other people using our technologies, we welcome it -- we just want to make sure that it's licensed, and that American businesses are getting paid appropriately," Obama said. "That's why [the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative] is using the full arsenal of tools available to crack down on practices that blatantly harm our businesses, and that includes negotiating proper protections and enforcing our existing agreements, and moving forward on new agreements, including the proposed Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement."
Except, of course, ACTA goes way, way, way beyond that. It's disappointing that Obama, who keeps insisting he's in favor of greater transparency in government seems to be ignoring the fact that the USTR has been anything but transparent on ACTA, and that the whole effort has really been a blatant push by the entertainment industry and pharma to engage in legislative laundering to push through all sorts of restrictive rules that have nothing, whatsoever, to do with protecting against counterfeiting.
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  1. identicon
    NAMELESS.ONE, 11 Mar 2010 @ 5:46pm

    LET the usa ENACT ACTA and the rest of us wont

    ya screw this shit
    you want acta YOU DO IT first were not as dumb and R.E.T.A.R.D.ed as you are. SO go ahead OBUMA go fer it.

    in 5 years you can openly talk about how well it is.....when no one in the USA is using internet as they all got the boot.

    AND hollywood still didn't make a sale.

    all this causes is more unemployment of the isps more hastles in surveillance of people , and abuses galore

    HEY i know why not just put a camera in everyone's homes OH WAIT the UK IS DOING THIS ALREADY

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