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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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 21 Apr 2011 @ 5:14am

    Re: Re: Hmmm...

    Saying that the US Congress will not be bound by the agreement is correct as a matter of law, but in practical aspects it has the effect of pressuring Congress.

    As soon as it is passed, immediately we will see pressure on Congress from RIAA/MPAA copyright lobby to meet our "international obligations." It makes logical sense as an arguement. We agreed to X in the agreement, our co-signees are moving forward and are in compliance, how can we ignore the agreement?

    "The US is weak on copyright protections and copyright industry generates $1 Trillion dollars per year to the US economy!"

    It's another card up the sleaves of the copyright industry to use to get more insane laws passed.

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