Powerful EU committee rejects ACTA - now it's unanimous

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9 Responses to “Powerful EU committee rejects ACTA - now it's unanimous”

  1. angusm says:

    Well, now that it’s been unanimously rejected by everyone who matters, its passage is probably a mere formality.

    And by “mere formality”, I mean, ‘slipped in as a concealed rider to an omnibus bill on cabbage imports, following an intense round of backroom negotiations and threats of trade sanctions’.

  2. Jack Cleaver says:

    “there’s some talk that the vote will be held in secret” – I’d like to see a citation for that. From what I can see, there was a proposal from a pro-ACTA MEP to exclude cameras from the Trade committee, so that *they* could vote in private; it was rejected by the committee.

    I do *not* believe that it is permissible for a plenary session of the whole parliament to vote secretly, and would be shocked to see evidence that this is in fact possible.

  3. Sarge Misfit says:

    This is a good argument for other countries to pull out, even if they’ve already signed on. Hope this causes Canada to review their own participation.

  4. JonS says:

    Yee gods. The system still works?

  5. It is a forgone conclusion that ACTA will be ratified despite all the evidence against it. Let’s face it, every other time any government body has a secret vote on anything, the purpose of the secrecy is to hid things from the public. That’s how it has always worked in the past and there is absolutely no reason to think it will work differently now. There are too many big corporations throwing around too much money and too much extortion for it to not pass. Once again a tiny minority of rich scum will prevail against the wishes of the general population of an entire continent.

  6. humanresource says:

    The pessimism here is a little unwarranted, because Boingboing does not address one of the most powerful forces in the global IP wars:  the third world.  In the multilateral fora – WIPO and the WTO – the developing countries have successfully blocked most attempts to impose higher standards of intellectual property protection over the last decade, and even managed to weaken IP in regard to certain medicines.  The more powerful ones (India, China, Brazil, Thailand etc) have taken advantage of the situation – pumping out cheap generic drugs that have saved countless lives, and so on. 
    As a result, those trying to strengthen IP rights have made a strategic retreat. Now they are devoting themselves to lifting protections inside the OECD nations – which is what ACTA is all about. The idea is to bring about high, uniform standards in the rich countries, then impose them on the third world.
    But its not working;  popular resistance and European human rights law is proving a fatal obstacle to the strategy – hence the retreat to an even smaller group of countries (the proposed Trans-Pacific Pact). I’m not arguing for complacency, and I’m not naive enough to think those fighting for an unbalanced extension of IP rights will just give up, but come on, we have to recognise our strengths, which include an abundance of allies.

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