Dutch ACTA Leaks Shows What Nations Back Transparency

Following the latest round of Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) talks in Mexico, internal documents leaked from the Dutch delegation have offered additional insight into the closed proceedings.

From the documents we’re given a look at what countries back the idea of making ACTA negotiations more transparent, a growing concern given growing criticism over the secret meetings. The document claims that Poland, the United Kingdom, Austria, The Netherlands, Finland, Ireland, Hungary, Estonia and Sweden are all in favor of transparency.

Germany has apparently not yet decided on its stance on transparency, and was joined by Belgium, Portugal and Denmark as being unconvinced “that complete transparency has to be achieved.” Denmark was further labeled as “not very flexible.”

Korea and Singapore flat out oppose the release of documents. The U.S. has remained silent regarding its stance on transparency, which apparently has unnerved other countries, such as France, who indicated “they were concerned about the position of the USA.”

Part of the movement for transparency seems to be to address “unwarranted criticism” from the public over fears that ACTA would contain measures for searching personal belongings or a feature a three-strikes type of anti-piracy law. The Dutch document expressed that those types of measures are not a part of ACTA.

Michael Geist notes that full transparency of the ACTA proceedings would require a unanimous agreements among all parties involved.

The document also reveals that the U.S. wrote the ACTA section on the enforcement of Intellectual Property pertaining to the Internet, to which Computerworld said, “This is something critics have feared for some time, since leaked versions indicate strong similarities between parts of the treaty and the U.S. law, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.”

The 8th round of ACTA talks are scheduled for April 12-16 in New Zealand.

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    Spartan says:

    It will really get my goat if Obama signs on to this deal. Frankly speaking i wish he would do what he can to get rid of the DMCA and roll back IP rights to the pre Sonny Bonehead era…


    Anyway, go Dutch government! Leak some more PLEASE!!!


    "The most difficult pain a man can suffer is to have knowledge of much and power over little" – Herodotus

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    Shahab says:

    If ACTA is really just DMCA for the rest of the world I’m not really super concerned about it. I don’t like and don’t think it is a good idea, but I am no longer fearing the worst. These countries I think would be much better off making it public.

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    hellfire7885 says:

    Somehow I’m not surprised by the US’ stance. I become more and more ashamed of my country by the way.

    Even elss surprised at the stance of Kore and possibly China, giving how they treat their own citizens.

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    koichan says:

    Same here.

    I was thoroughly expecting the UK to be fighting for the worst spot, keeping it all hidden untill the last possible moment to maximise corporate gain…

    For the first time in many years i’m shocked, in a good way, at a stance of our government o.O

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    DarkSaber says:

    I was quite surprised to find the UK apprently NOT folling the USAs lead on this one.


    I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

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    Ratros says:

    Oh, I think we all know where America stands (in the pockets of the corporation).

    I once had a dream about God. In it, he was looking down upon the planet and the havoc we recked and he said unto us, "Damn Kids get off my lawn!"

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