by Mike Masnick

Filed Under:
acta, eu, karel de gucht

EU's Main ACTA Supporter Caught Lying About ACTA

from the and-this-shocks-anyone? dept

As a few folks have submitted, EU Commissioner for Trade, Karel De Gucht -- the main EU politician backing ACTA -- has been caught lying about ACTA. As you may recall, the EU Parliament was quite skeptical of ACTA for quite some time. However, De Gucht convinced the EU Parliament to support ACTA by claiming nothing in ACTA would impact penal enforcement of intellectual property rules, suggesting that it fully complied with existing rules. The only problem? Well, this was a lie. But it was a lie of omission. De Gucht has now admitted that some countries may have to change their local laws to comply with ACTA, but tried to defend the earlier statements by saying since there are no uniform EU rules on penal enforcement for IP, it was technically correct that no changes were required to the EU-wide rules. That seems... disingenuous, at best.

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    Dark Helmet (profile), 23 Dec 2010 @ 7:13am

    Re: Re: Re: Evil Europe!!!

    "What exactly do you think I missed? Mike (like you) seems to take US behaviour as a given but screams at the top of his lungs should someone in Europe commit the most minor infraction."

    Learn to troll better. Most of the articles here are about the US, and most of them are pointing out something stupid that is happening or being done. Try looking back about two weeks and see how many pieces there were about the TSA screenings. And then learn to troll more subtly....

    "Here in Europe it's been pretty quiet for the past 65 years."

    That's true. You've calmed down the warring and look what you've achieved. The unification of Europe!

    ...wait, here have I heard that before?

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