Observers Reported US Hesitates Over ACTAAdded: Saturday, October 23rd, 2010
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The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement hasn’t had a very smooth road to ride for its members. Now it seems to experience more troubles than ever before.
It all began back in 2008, when ACTA has just appeared, causing plenty of fears about it. Later, when it was secretly discussed, the agreement turned into the stuff for making conspiracy theories. There have been rumors about iPod searches at the borders, a global DMCA and an obligatory “three-strikes” regime throughout the globe, at the very least. Meanwhile, the supporters of ACTA smelled another opportunity to ramp up copyright legislation around the globe to be even tighter. In other words, the battle between human rights and corporate interests began.
Surprisingly, the current year appeared to be a turning point in the stability of the agreement. Its threat eased, but only thanks to internal struggle. Differences between countries-members turned out to be the biggest enemy to the ACTA’s survival. Notably, the biggest source of tension came from the differences between the US and the EU. The problem first emerged in the early 2010, since then becoming even more apparent. Negotiators were assuring everyone that the agreement was on time and ready to sign immediately, setting deadlines and so on back in February. However, it’s already October, and ACTA has yet to be signed, while the differences between the United States and European Union never disappeared.
Today a few well-respected US observers are interested in expressing their opinions on ACTA’s future. The country, they believe, is currently only thinking about signing it, which may surprise some of those who thought the United States were practically a shoe-in for signing. However, it seems that at the moment the only country expressing full support is Singapore.
The matter is that the agreement is too big, with too many players, each waiting for too much and with too tight deadlines set. At the same time, there are already too many countries that are either considering to walk, or are threatening to walk from the table, the EU being the brightest example. To this point even the US is unsure if it is going to sign the treaty. It seems like the negotiations can stretch for many more years to make sure each piece of ACTA is worked out in painstaking detail.
In short words, many key members, including US, are ready to refuse to sign ACTA, leaving behind 3 years of negotiations.
October 23th, 2010Posted by:
Saturday, October 23rd, 2010
|Nice one Sam. In 3 years they must have finally gotten to the fine print.|
|posted by (2010-10-24 07:03:49)|
|I doubt that its, they prob aren't making enough off of it... If its not benifical for the US Government or unrealistic on how they plan to fund their search measures, or any other ways of efforcement... those are issues not to support it...||
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