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Liberals and Democrats Announce Rejection of ACTA
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The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) in the European Parliament have just confirmed that they will reject ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. Leader of the Alliance, Guy Verhofstadt, said that while supporting the protection of intellectual property rights, ALDE believes that ACTA falls short on a number of counts.

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, a treaty aimed at harmonizing global copyright enforcement, received yet another serious setback today.

The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats in the European Parliament have just announced that they will reject the controversial treaty.

“Although we unambiguously support the protection of intellectual property rights, we also champion fundamental rights and freedoms. We have serious concerns that ACTA does not strike the right balance,” announced Guy Verhofstadt, ALDE group leader.

Verhofstadt said that ALDE continues to support multilateral IP enforcement efforts, but only those with a transparent, publicly discussed mandate. He added that ALDE shares the legitimate concerns of those who participated in the anti-ACTA protests in recent months.

“Civil society has been extremely vocal in recent months in raising their legitimate concerns on the ACTA agreement which we share. There are too many provisions lacking clarity and certainty as to the way they would be implemented in practice,” Verhofstadt noted.

One of the key problems raised by anti-ACTA activists is the way the treaty has morphed and grown since its inception. From its roots as a mechanism to deal with counterfeit goods, ACTA grew to encompass the unauthorized sharing of digital media online. This means that from targeting strictly criminal enterprises, ACTA now risks sucking in the man in the street. This one-size-fits-all approach is opposed by the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats.

“Furthermore, ACTA wrongly bundles together too many different types of IPR enforcement under the same umbrella, treating physical goods and digital services in the same way,” said Verhofstadt. “We believe they should be approached in separate sectoral agreements, and following a comprehensive and democratically debated mandate and impact assessment.”

Yesterday the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) said that ACTA may have unacceptable side effects on fundamental rights of individuals.

“While more international cooperation is needed for the enforcement of intellectual property rights, the means envisaged must not come at the expense of the fundamental rights of individuals,” assistant European data protection supervisor Giovanni Buttarelli said in a statement.

“A right balance between the fight against intellectual property infringements and the rights to privacy and data protection must be respected. It appears that ACTA has not been fully successful in this respect.”

I find this just mind blowing because of the way ACTA was handled from it's inception and the way other trade treaties are being attempted to be formed and rammed through.

To start with, the typical play by the anti-copyright groups, is to try and get someone else to pay for their problems. They start with one country or nation and attempt to get put into law something they desire. If successful, they then point other countries, one at a time on how some nation is doing it right by their point of view. Should it fail, they try another nation to get it passed; rinse and repeat.

When it stinks so bad no one will pass it, then they go to the trade treaty to get around what no country wants. If the nation signs the treaty they have no choice but to modify the law to fit the demands.

ACTA was discussed and designed under secrecy. The claim that secrecy was needed to protect those involved as well as it being a normal procedure were all lies. To prevent any side railing into what the public should have, all talks denied any groups representing the public stake. No one at the table represented the public and it was purposely excluded. Had they been included, it would likely have passed as approved.

ACTA is supposed to be about counterfeiting, yet copyright is up to it's ears into the trade agreement. Why? Because the fake drum to bang for legislators isn't so much piracy as that one doesn't float but public health and safety. Both are mixed together into a blend. The reason for that is, it's hard to get up excited about copyright, not so health.

But counterfeiting for health doesn't involve big numbers, it only involves safety consequences which is needed to show dire need for immediate results. Copyright doesn't have safety consequences that drive demands for change. So they mix and match the two for coming up with a blend that demands drastic change and big numbers. Neither of the two topics have both.
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Default Re: Liberals and Democrats Announce Rejection of ACTA

Latest about ACTA.

Monday, 5 March 2012
EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht was talking on the BBC, with German Green MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht and David Martin, a British Labour MEP and fellow panellist, as rapporteur on the agreement.
Commissioner Karel De Gucht and Guy Verhofstadt (mentioned above) are both Belgian Liberals an close friends.
Interesting parts, at 04.40 minutes, 12.00 min. and 15.26 min is very interesting.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/democracylive/hi/bbc_parliament/newsid_9702000/9702398.stm
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Latest about ACTA.

Monday, 5 March 2012
EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht was talking on the BBC, with German Green MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht and David Martin, a British Labour MEP and fellow panellist, as rapporteur on the agreement.
Commissioner Karel De Gucht and Guy Verhofstadt (mentioned above) are both Belgian Liberals an close friends.
Interesting parts, at 04.40 minutes, 12.00 min. and 15.26 min is very interesting.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/democracylive/hi/bbc_parliament/newsid_9702000/9702398.stm
Interesting stuff and thanks for posting it.

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