USTR Says Congress Won't Be Restricted By ACTA

from the yeah,-right dept

Responding to a series of questions that Senator Ron Wyden asked, Ron Kirk, the US Trade Representative, and the Obama administration apparently believe that Congress and the courts will not be constrained in any way by ACTA. This is a bit odd, since the last draft of the agreement conflicts with US law in some places, and most certainly appears to state that countries agreeing to ACTA need to follow certain laws that would block Congress' ability to change copyright laws in various ways. Of course, what's really going on here is a sneaky political game. Since the administration wants to call this an "executive agreement," rather than a treaty (so that it doesn't need Senate approval), they have to claim that it won't really impact US laws. Yet... you can be absolutely positive that if Congress moved to change a law in any way that conflicted with ACTA, we'd be hearing speeches and reading stories about how we're not living up to our "international obligations," such as those found in ACTA. It's a really cynical political move by the administration.

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    Michael, 21 Apr 2011 @ 4:41am

    Sorry Mike

    I usually agree with you, but you have a complete mis-reading of the statement:

    "USTR Says Congress Won't Be Restricted By ACTA"

    should read:

    "USTR Says Congressmen Won't Be Restricted By ACTA"

    What they mean is that while everyone else is restricted by ACTA, members of congress will in no way be restricted as they have a blanket license to download and share anything they want with each other and their families while the rest of us will be prosecuted and tortured.

    They have an airport express lane to skip the body scan and molestation and they have a free pass to get music and movies from the congressional media server they like to call 'the interwebs'.

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