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ACTA Must be Public!

Many of you will have heard about ACTA. For those that haven’t, ACTA (or in long form the “Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement”) is an agreement between countries that purports to reduce counterfeiting to benefit the consumer. What it actually will do, we don’t know. See, the treaty hasn’t been made public. In two years of negotiations, it’s been kept quiet. There was a leak in mid-2008, which made it to wikileaks, but apart from that, very little. Recently a number of companies, including one or two consumer based groups (the majority being movie, record and software companies – see the full list here) saw the ACTA agreements. Viewing the agreement only happened after non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) were signed, as apparently a treaty about copyright infringement is a national security issue, by Executive Order.

It’s not a National Security Issue, but a Job Security issue.

It’s fear of the outrage that public knowledge of the treaty would create. It’s fear that once the scope of the corruption these public officials, including President Obama, is known, they will be unelectable for life, and have to actually work for a living, losing all the power and prestige they have.

Knowledge Ecology International is one group not standing for it though. They found out the names of those who have viewed the documents, and it’s not a particularly voter-friendly list. There is now a petition circulating concerning the transparency aspect of this document, asking President Obama to make it open, and show there are no shenanigans, no illegal or unconstitutional activities being proposed and no false arguments and bad evidence being used to subvert rule of law, to bolster the coffers of another industry that is in a (self proclaimed) bad way.

While the physical copy of the petition was sent today, you can still sign the on-line version, and I would strongly urge people to do so. It’s your freedoms being bought and sold by your own politicians. Remember, they work for you, not for lobbyists.

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  1. November 3, 2009 at 16:19

    Great article to read. Well done.

  2. November 26, 2009 at 14:20

    I really enjoyed reading your article, keep on making such interesting stuff!

  3. December 22, 2009 at 20:38

    I have to imagine it is hard to be a politician. In America so much weight is given to the almighty dollar that the politician that works for the lobbyist does think that he is working for the people… the people that matter.

    My guess… the reason for the NDA is the STUPID factor involved. Sad truth that politicians are not put into their position for their smarts. Its that smile.

  1. November 4, 2009 at 06:32

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