by Mike Masnick

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acta, copyrights, patents

Where ACTA Disagrees With US Law

from the but-they-promised... dept

With Senator Wyden asking the Congressional Research Service to investigate how ACTA might conflict with US law (or restrict the ability to reform the law), KEI has put together a list of specific areas where ACTA's text is inconsistent with US law. Remember, negotiators have repeatedly insisted that nothing in ACTA will (or even can) change US law. ACTA defenders have stressed the point, repeatedly, that nothing in ACTA can legally change US law. But what no one explains is what happens when the law and the agreement are in disagreement. That's because no one wants to deal with the inevitable: when such situations come about, US lobbyists will scream about how we're "not meeting our international obligations," and will put plenty of pressure on the US until we get into "compliance." So, I'm wondering if those who insist ACTA won't change US laws will agree now to speak out against anyone who cites ACTA down the road in asking for US law to change?

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    Hulser (profile), 12 Oct 2010 @ 8:31am

    Re: Re: Re: Executive agreement

    Consider that our system has devolved into one in which national party lines are strictly followed at the local level.

    This is a bit off topic, but I agree that the so-called two party system is a disaster. Occasionally I'll hear one member of a party -- doesn't matter which one -- lamenting the fact that one of his party members was "disloyal". The translation of "disloyal" of course is that this person didn't vote along party lines. So, basically what this person is saying is that it's a good thing to ignore your own moral convictions in favor of the official stance of the private organization to which you belong. The funny thing is that the moral convictions that are being put aside are most likely the very same issues that were prominant in their campaign. "I'm a strong supporter if X! Vote for me and I'll make sure that we have more X! Unless of course my political party doesn't like X, in which case, I'll have to ignore that issue and vote along party lines. Because, you know, being called 'disloyal' is obviously much worse than screwing my constituants."

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