Who Has Been Blocking Transparency in ACTA?Added: Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010
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Number one issue for the file-sharing world today seems to remain the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. There is an obvious reason for it – a transparency problem that has brought so much public attention still remains the main one plaguing the Agreement on the public front. And the principal question the observers ask was who is blocking transparency?
Apparently, the latest leak from ACTA can answer that question. It also points out who is supporting transparency while the negotiations are in process – the question just as noteworthy. While reading through who is for and against transparency, we can understand how divided the negotiations are and why they are taking so long. This echoes our primary guess that ACTA negotiations were pretty much complicated internally.
Unsurprisingly, the leak shows that the USA is one of those blocking transparency, together with other countries, like Germany, Portugal, Belgium and Denmark. These countries are still not sure that complete transparency is necessary. Singapore and South Korea oppose transparency of the Agreement as well.
So, the US still remains silent on the issue, being unconvinced of the necessity for full disclosure. It may appear that the US would probably be the biggest problem when a supportive position persuades the remaining outliers.
The leak also emphasizes the countries supporting transparency: first of all the UK, encouraged by the Netherlands, Austria, Finland, Denmark, France, Poland, Sweden, Portugal, Hungary, Italy, Ireland and Belgium. They pressed the European Commission to a pro-active stance on transparency and tried to convince the other countries of the need of being transparent. Japan, for example, joined them and is evidently supportive.
Now we can see why there’ve been so many mixed signals coming out of the EC – there are some members of the EU blocking transparency while some others are trying to disclose the documents.
The only question remains unclear: if transparency is such a big issue for somebody in negotiations, so why can’t be a similar threat made by the others – like starting their own, completely transparent ACTA, which will be just about counterfeiting and no copyright infringement? As there are so many players that support transparency, that wouldn’t really be such a bad idea. The opposition will probably ponder.
March 2nd, 2010Posted by:
Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010
|Thanks for the post.|
|posted by (2010-03-04 21:39:30)|
|good read thanks for the loop||
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