Mexico Rejected ACTAAdded: Monday, July 4th, 2011
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The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, better known as ACTA, is considered the most long-lasting and controversial copyright agreements in the world. Indeed, ACTA managed to leave lots of stakeholders anywhere between unsatisfied and vehemently opposed. Today one of the countries involved in the negotiations has had its Congress rejected the agreement outright.
It you didn’t follow the entire story, it would be enough to know that ACTA is an amazingly long running story which is still continuing. The agreement was first exposed by Wikileaks 3 years ago, and since then it became notorious for such provisions as a global DMCA, along with a global “three-strikes” regime. In addition, ACTA was trying to make law enforcement use more resources at their borders for copyright related enforcement. In other words, the entire agreement was just a wish-list made by record labels, largest game manufactures and Hollywood. By the way, all of those seem to be now focused on Internet filtering, but ACTA is still alive.
Today the news emerged that the Mexican government has officially rejected the controversial agreement. According to the report, the Standing Committee of H. Congress ordered the ministries and agencies responsible to discussing ACTA not to sign it. It seems to be one bill rolled up into a package of bills, as the Mexican government was running out of time. The report says that now the only way the country can sign an agreement is if the executive branch defies the will of Congress and signs anyway. This position of Mexico is undoubtedly another blow to ACTA, though it is unclear how much of a blow.
The blows and criticism began because of the secrecy surrounding this document. More than a hundred of consumer rights groups throughout the globe jointly demanded the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement be made public back three years ago. It came as far as to launch lawsuits against governments just to make the agreement officially public, but this only happened late last year.
While proponents are saying that it is up to the countries’ governments to implement ACTA, they also mean that it’s also up to them how they implement it. Each country faces lots of organizations pressuring them to enforce things like this trade agreement, and each of them should see this as partly why this legislation is outright bi-passing democracy itself. As you can see, Mexico has done just that.
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