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
    Flakey, 11 Mar 2010 @ 2:27pm

    If you ever wondered

    If you ever wondered why the people of the US don't trust their government you have to take a single day to look in the latest news.

    This is nothing but a power grab to setup for ISPs to be the bad guy so the IP industries don't have to look so bad. The politicians enabling this sort of mentality are the same ones that are doing other things that in the long run do not help this country.

    I've reached the point that I know it doesn't matter which party is in power. It merely brings a different flavor of the same BS into the forefront. Rarely is what is preached equal to what is planned. What is planned is always out of sight and ever is the devil in the details.

    I myself am ready to see the majority of those sitting in power today throw out the window of the office they inhabit. The same with the two parties they represent.

    I am also ready to see the voice of corporations thrown out too. Since SCOTUS has ruled that money from corporations is their free speech. Even more troubling on that is the fact that most of SCOTUS didn't get it when scolded at the State of the Union address over it.

    This country doesn't much seem to resemble the country of my birth and beyond lip service sure doesn't walk the walk of it.

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