If Negotiators Still Don't Want To Release ACTA, It'll Still Get Leaked
from the leaky-old-boat dept
So, we now know for certain that the ACTA negotiators' promise of "transparency" over negotiations was an outright lie. They fought it every step of the way, falsely claiming that if the draft were public, some members would leave the table. It was only after a pretty massive smack down from the EU Parliament and the fact that the draft was already leaked that negotiators finally agreed to release a draft that left out lots of pertinent information.
But what was most interesting is how negotiators have acted since then. First, they pretended that the released draft proved all the complaints about ACTA were unfounded, but the details showed something quite different, which has even supporters of stronger intellectual property crying foul.
And how have negotiators responded? Rather than living up to their promises of transparency, they've gone back into secrecy mode. They admitted that the draft release was a one time deal, which was made even clearer when the last meetings concluded without a release of the new draft -- and not even a mention of the fact that they wouldn't be releasing it.
Clearly, some of the parties involved in the negotiations agree that the drafts should be public, and the more some (we've heard it's mainly the US negotiators) want to keep the document secret, the more ridiculous they look. What's even more ridiculous, of course, is how the US negotiators keep denying reality. They claim they're being transparent, when they're not. They claim that the release answered all questions, when it clearly did not. They claim that the concerns of various groups are unfounded, but have failed to respond to their questions. It's as if they think that as long as they keep saying stuff, someone somewhere will believe them. That's not quite how it works.