The Anti Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, which I wrote about two days ago, is an interesting little piece of legislation with the most interesting feature being its arcane nature. The point of the agreement is one of simple greed, with the guise of honoring intellectual property rights as its stated purpose.
Spearheaded by the RIAA, the MPAA, and the rest of the agencies that find themselves concerned with intellectual properties, it appears that some people in Europe are having troubles with the cloudy picture painted by the parts of the agreement that have come to light.
A piece from Techdirt inserts some information gathered from the other side of the Atlantic Ocean –
It looks like a growing number of European politicians are fed up with the secrecy of ACTA, and don’t like what they’re hearing from the leaked documents, and they’re starting to speak up, asking questions and airing their concerns. They’re demanding the publication of the details of the negotiations, while worrying about anything that might push ISPs to kick people off the internet at a time when it’s a key European goal to increase broadband access. There’s also tremendous concern that ACTA is really a way for US companies to sneak desired legislation into Europe outside of the parliamentary process:
“ACTA is legislation laundering on an international scale, trying to covertly push through what could never be passed in most national parliaments”
The same statement pointed out that all of the lobbyists who had signed NDAs to see ACTA came from US companies and organizations — and none from the EU. It makes you wonder why any other country would agree to ACTA at all…
It’s a time when no one trusts anyone else, with the level of distrust higher than anytime since the Iron Curtain was in place. No wonder people want to know what legislation is going to affect their lives, and are naturally reticent of anything that comes from beyond their shores.
With enough complaining from places outside the United States, we might get some people inside our borders waking up and realizing that we don’t need another revision of the DMCA – the DMCA is screwed up enough by itself.
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