Now It's Switzerland's Turn To Call ACTA Into Question

from the and-another-one dept

When discussing ACTA, there's a natural tendency to concentrate on the bigger players -- the US or the EU -- but it's important to remember that there are many other countries involved. One of those is Switzerland, which has just joined the doubters' club by holding off from signing ACTA. Here's why (French original):

Since the conclusion of the negotiations, the criticisms regarding ACTA have multiplied in various countries. The [Swiss] Federal Council takes these fears seriously since they concern fundamental liberties and important points of law.
As a result, Switzerland will not be signing ACTA for the moment. Instead:
The Council will re-examine the question when new elements on which it can base its decision are available. These elements could include the deliberations of the five EU countries that have delayed signing ACTA, the results of the referral to the European Court of Justice by the European Commission, or the continuation of the EU's ratification procedure.
Clearly, the Swiss Federation is taking a wait-and-see attitude, and doesn't want to rush into ACTA when others are taking their time. In itself, this latest move by Switzerland doesn't change much, but it does add to the growing doubts about whether ACTA will ever come into force.

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    Yogi, 10 May 2012 @ 12:49am


    So, basically, the Swiss are adopting a neutral stance. I guess that means that ACTA really is an act of war....

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    Seegras (profile), 10 May 2012 @ 6:54am

    It's only neutral above the waterline of the duck. Below there's much paddling going on.

    The fact that switzerland participated in the ACTA-negotiations (and did not lay open everything to us, it's citizens) says enough.

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    Anonymous Coward, 10 May 2012 @ 11:57am

    See, in europe, governments work for the people. And if they hear people complaining about a piece of legislation, they will stop and look it over some more.

    In the US, congress and senate don't give a shit if people voice concerns. They're more concerned with the money they will cash in if they make this law pass.

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      Anonymous Coward, 10 May 2012 @ 11:58am


      That's ACTA in europe, but it applies to SOPA/CISPA/Whateverthefuck else they wanna cram down your/our throats.

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