US and Europe Solving Differences on ACTAAdded: Thursday, August 19th, 2010
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There’s been a distinct tension between EU and the US this year. It seems like the priority of the members of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement is to work out the differences between the two major players in negotiations, as ACTA can fall apart because of the new divide between these countries.
The tension within the negotiations appeared in the early February, making things go downhill. After that the EU representatives declared an official opposition to the agreement with later provoking the fiery exchange between the countries, refusing to “swallow” the American hypocrisy on the agreement. Some of the critics even expected Europe to walk away from the negotiations, thus severely compromising the functionality of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.
Unsurprisingly, recently it was revealed that another round of the negotiations would de dedicated to finding out the differences between the two major players. One of the questions on the agenda is whether the agreement should include the provision on empowering customs officials to seize goods suspected of infringing, which the US is opposed to.
The other ACTA members asked EU and the U.S. to work out their disagreement, fearing that a continued stalemate could cause a failure of the agreement, meaning a disaster for copyright organizations that hoped to enforce a DMCA style copyright legislation in as many parts of the world as possible.
The reason for ACTA’s failure may be considered its attempt to take on too many provisions in one document. Although the part of working out the differences between the US and EU should be the major part of the oncoming negotiations, it isn’t the only one. The others include digital issues, enforcement practices, customs and press release.
It’s not clear yet whether the international cooperation can be found on top of the agenda, but the current situation, threatening ACTA, could be sufficient to place it there.
As for now, there seems to be the only way out of the deadlock: the members should suggest to overview the core issues of the agreement that make sense. The US and EU can hardly stop the stalling of the negotiation the way things are currently being done, but it looks like it will take a while to make much progress on ACTA.
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Thursday, August 19th, 2010
|posted by (2010-08-20 20:00:10)|
|Very interesting Sam but I don't think they can work together. Eu favours the 3 strikes policy which doesn't make money and the US favours mugging newbies for all they are worth. There's nothing I would like to see more than an unemployed lawyer but it ain't gonna happen in the good ole US of A.||
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