A European Commissioner for the next time has said publicly that the newly controversial Anti-Counterfeit Trade Agreement [ACTA] is almost completely dead in the water. “are now very likely to maintain a free world without ACTA and without Sopa [the now dead Anti-Terrorism Act].” Neelie Koning, the commissioner for justice, said as much at a summit in Brussels.
It is intriguing that ACTA will make an appearance before the Commission after it was shot down by the European Parliament in July. That occurred because the majority of members of this Parliament voted against ACTA. The Parliamentarians needed the European Union to negotiate individually with individual countries within the ACTA trade arrangement. Now that the arrangement is in force, the Commission appears to want to negotiate separately.
The European Commission under the Commission President Mr Barroso has always talked about how ACTA could destroy the open internet. He mentioned free speech and academic freedom and the like. But he never once mentioned the damage that would be created by ACTA to the basic worth of Europe. And what about our other standard principles? The European Union is assumed to be on prosperity, transparency, freedom, human rights and the rule of law. That’s exactly what the Agreement does not provide: it denies access to such items to each of Europeans, and it damages the credibility of the whole institution.
The Deal is such a lousy proposal, that it is really laughable. It might imply an end to thousands of legislation that were created over the years protecting our civilization, our values, our cultural heritage and our societal traditions. There are too many significant differences between Brussels and Tokyo, Washington and Berlin, London and Paris, Brussels and Tallinn, Bratislava and Vilnius, Krakow and Warsaw. There is simply no reason why we should consider signing ACTA into Protocol.
This goes past anti-counterfeit or anti piracy trade agreements as well. The Anti-Cybershow Act, the European Union’s Anti-Piracy Strategy and the European Investment Act are standard international trade arrangements which are thought of as free trade agreements between nations. Signing ACTA into Protocol would also signify that ACTA breaks each international conference on patent and copyright legislation in the world. It is simply incompatible with the principles on which the World Trade Organization relies. And that is exactly why the European Union and all its member countries have to reject ACTA.
The European Union shouldn’t ratify ACTA. We have to demonstrate our resistance to the hazardous global initiative until it is rejected completely. There is not any point in complying with this dangerous and intrusive agreement if we are not going to gain from it one way or another. Therefore, we must call on all member states to refrain from ratifying ACTA and let ACTA is a once in a lifetime chance for us to get our rights back – the best to protect intellectual property – from individuals who would like to control our culture, our economy and our political system.