Report From The Field: ACTA Negotiations Not Going Well
from the about-time dept
Then there are three key points at the end:
They get very uncomfortable when asked about the possible use of the legitimacy of Acta in authoritarian countries.As well they should. This is a point that we've raised repeatedly, noting not just the similarities between the methods used for censorship in authoritarian countries and ACTA, but also in the way that those countries will almost certainly use ACTA to justify their own censorship.
They have no answer to concrete questions on the "innovation chill" that could be caused in many businesses by introducing criminal sanctions and other enforcement measures.This is what happens when you craft rules designed to benefit legacy companies within an industry, without understanding the broader impact on the market. That the negotiators "have no answer" to this question only confirms that these rules were not created with the goal of improving the overall welfare of citizens, but to protect certain companies. And that point is only highlighted even more by the final point:
No social or economic impact studies seem to be undertaken in the EU on Acta.Of course not. That's because, as per usual with intellectual property rules, these ideas are faith-based, rather than evidence based.