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Pirate ACTA Is Great, Says US Government

ACTA Is Great, Says US Government

Posted: 05 Jun 2012 02:23 PM PDT

The battle against the controversial ACTA agreement is reaching a climax this month with the upcoming votes in the European Parliament.

But while the opposition against ACTA is growing in Europe, the U.S. reiterated its support for the agreement.



Miriam Sapiro, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, posted the following message in response to a “We The People” petition.

To summarize: ACTA is needed to protect the people from fake toothpaste and those who criticize it are wrong.



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Thank you for you for taking the time to participate in We the People, and for sharing your opinion about the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and the importance of privacy on the Internet.

The Administration has recognized previously the importance of protecting an open and innovative Internet in the context of our response to other petitions regarding the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA). Since ACTA is quite different than SOPA and PIPA, we’ve decided to provide an ACTA-specific response.

ACTA is an international trade agreement that establishes high standards for intellectual property enforcement. The Agreement provides for: (1) enhanced international cooperation; (2) the promotion of sound enforcement practices; and (3) a legal framework for better enforcement.

As you may know, the proliferation of counterfeit and pirated goods poses considerable challenges for legitimate trade and economic development. Protecting intellectual property rights helps to further public policies that are designed to protect the public. ACTA will help authorities, for example, protect against the threat posed by potentially unsafe counterfeit goods that can pose a significant risk to public health, such as toothpaste with dangerous amounts of diethylene glycol (a chemical used in brake fluid), auto parts of unknown quality or suspect semiconductors used in life-saving defibrillators.

ACTA specifically recognizes the importance of free expression, due process, and privacy. It is the first — and only — international intellectual property rights agreement to provide explicitly that enforcement of intellectual property rights in the context of the Internet “shall be implemented in a manner that … preserves fundamental principles such as freedom of expression, fair process, and privacy.” No provision in ACTA requires parties to disclose information “contrary to … laws protecting privacy rights.” This includes the protections already in place in U.S. law.

In addition to the United States, approximately thirty countries have signed the Agreement, including Australia, Canada, Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Morocco, Singapore, and a majority of European Union member states, as well as the EU itself.

We believe that ACTA will help protect the intellectual property that is essential to American jobs in innovative and creative industries. At the same time, ACTA recognizes the importance of online privacy, freedom of expression and due process, and calls on signatories to protect these values in the course of complying with the Agreement.

Thank you again for taking the time to write and share your views.
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Default Re: ACTA Is Great, Says US Government

Any time vested interests tell you it's good for you, put a hand on your wallet and then look around at who's eyeballing you.

Notice the slight of hand, so to say. We go from IP protection to health protection. What does one have to do with the other? Nothing. You can't get ill from a mp3 or avi.

What is going on with that is this. IP property is about money. It's got big numbers if you listen to the industry whine about how much they are loosing. But it's not exciting enough to get attention by itself. It has no threat beyond the one the vested interests see for themselves. There is nothing to get worked up about.

Now health dangers are attention getting but there are no numbers here in money. By itself, it doesn't have real draw power of big money numbers.

But if you can mix and match them together well, everything is there, even through it's apples and oranges comparisons.

So one minute you talk about dangers and the next you talk about money losses. You will notice they move from one to the other without much of a pause. But ACTA is mainly about IP protections, not patents. You can't get any amount of diethylene glycol from an avi nor mp3.

No one has really demonstrated why we need ACTA. After all they felt they had everything they needed to close down Megaupload without it. What the industry hasn't grasp yet, is the people don't want it. They still think it is misconceptions and the tech industry that is the problem. So much so the lobbyists in Washington have been told if they work for Facebook they won't work for the IP industry.

Their idea has been to work with the tech industry to iron out the differences but what really happened was a preaching from the RIAA about piracy, not about tech industry concerns if that was their real goal.

And these countries did not sign a treaty. They signed an agreement to consider it so again you have this info misdirection. One in which it begins to look like Europe is not going to accept, Mexico is not going to accept, Brazil is not going to accept, and China (the third largest economy in the world) isn't going to accept because it was never part of the making of the treaty to begin with.

Nor do I really need to mention that the President does not have the power nor authority to sign a treaty. By the Constitution, that power is delegated to congress and only congress, making the executive signing not only illegal but unenforceable. Notice that while everyone else in the world is calling this a trade treaty, only here in the US is it being portrayed as an 'agreement' in an attempt to keep it out of congress's hands where the vested powers fear it will not pass.
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