Senator Wyden Asks Congressional Research Service To Determine If ACTA Impacts US Law

from the good-for-him dept

While we've seen a lot of political pressure in Europe and Mexico where elected officials are quite concerned about ACTA, for the most part, US politicians have been blissfully touting the bogus line that "ACTA is about protecting our most important industries," without bothering to pay attention to the details. However, late Friday, Senator Ron Wyden stepped up and expressed his concerns about ACTA, and has asked the Congressional Research Service to review the document to ensure that it does not, in fact, create legal problems in the US:
For nearly two and a half years, the United States has been in negotiations over an international agreement about how intellectual property rights will be enforced. This agreement, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), is nearly finalized and is an "executive agreement" that does not currently appear to require Congress' ratification because it is not intended to impact U.S. law. However, some experts outide of government are raising concerns that the ACTA text is contrary to U.S. law and its application or would present a barrier to changes in U.S. law in the area of reform to damages for patents, or access to orphaned copyrighted works.

I ask that the American Law Division review the current text of ACTA, which is enclosed and available at www.ustr.gov, in order to provide Congress a written, independent determination of whether the commitments put forward in the agreement diverge from our domestic law or would impeded legislative efforts that are currently underway. I ask the Division pay particular attention to the provisions relating to injunctions, damages, and intermediary liability.
It's good that he doesn't just focus on specific changes to US law, but on how ACTA might impede important reforms to US law on patent and copyright issues in the future. I do wonder, of course, what would happen if the research does show problems with ACTA...

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  1. identicon
    locked, 11 Oct 2010 @ 8:28am

    Re: Re: w00t

    actually Dark Helmet, he used to get support from the NRA when his was a "liberal House member from Portland" and he recently voted to allow registered guns to be carried into national parks (there are places in the west where you drive through parks on the way to/from other places, the limit was making it so folks couldn't take their guns with them day to day). While he might not be a party-liner he's pretty pro gun rights.

    Also - not sure which bailout you think he voted for - he voted against TARP by both Bush and Obama. He voted for the stimulus plan, but that isn't a bailout (giving money to folks who, deservedly, are about to go bankrupt) but rather stimulus spending (Keynesian based government purchases from private sector business to make up for a collapse in private sector purchasing/and or tax cuts to all the private sector to do the same.) You may not agree with the stimulus, but to call it a bailout gives an out to every one of the politicians who did vote for the actual bailout - a far greater crime (as it had no economic justification - it was just a giveaway of taxpayer money.

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