Would US Officials Really Decide Not To Sign ACTA?
from the or-is-that-for-show? dept
This is definitely news -- though, in the end I still can't see the US bailing on ACTA. The USTR has been so involved in the process, and has been so self-congratulatory all along with this latest draft, that it would be a huge political letdown not to sign the document. My guess is that it will get signed (and the US will be among the first to sign it), with those involved suggesting that we'll just ignore anything we don't like (as we've done in the past on other international agreements). Still, wouldn't it be something if the US actually bailed out on ACTA?
Meanwhile, apparently in an effort to highlight just how screwed up the whole ACTA process is, the US Patent and Trademark Office, which has been heavily involved in the ACTA negotiations with the USTR as well, has apparently refused to meet with concerned individuals about ACTA until after it's signed. This is how the US government listens to stakeholers? "We'll only talk to you after it's too late to fix?" Comforting.