Saturday, April 17, 2010

ACTA Draft To Be Public

So next week the the ACTA draft document will be made public at long last. We should be happy, right? Well, not really. First, there's been enough leaks that the document won't contain many new surprises. Second, it's a little late now! Releasing a draft document must mean that the U.S. considers most of the negotiations closed, so there's little chance that public input can affect the agreement now.

The only chance we have is convincing our governments not to enact laws to support the treaty. However, the negotiating positions of the various parties will not be disclosed, which means we won't know what our government's actually agreed with behind close doors. Which is why this IP agreement was disguised as a trade agreement in the first place.

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