GET FREE E-MAIL UPDATES: SEND US YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS WITH SUBSCRIBE IN THE SUBJECT LINE
or subscribe to our
Twitter service

UNDERNEWS

Undernews is the online report of the Progressive Review, edited by Sam Smith, who covered Washington during all or part of ten of America's presidencies and who has edited alternative journals since 1964. The Review, which has been on the web since 1995, is now published from Freeport, Maine. We get over 5 million article visits a year. See prorev.com for full contents of our site

March 2, 2010

SO MUCH FOR TRANSPARENCY: U.S. IN SECRET COPYRIGHT TREATY TALKS

CORY DOTOROW, BOING BOING - Last week, a leaked Dutch memo on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, a secret copyright treaty, identified the countries whose negotiators were opposed to bringing transparency to the negotiation process. The worst offenders were the US, South Korea, Singapore and Denmark.

Now, activists in these countries are banging the drum, demanding to know why their governments are standing in the way of public participation in a treaty-making process that will have wide-ranging implications for all Internet users, and it's working.

Danish activist Henrik Molte appeared on Danish television and did an excellent job of explaining what ACTA means and how Denmark's intransigence in ACTA transparency is a global disgrace. We're getting results. Today, the Danish minister responsible for ACTA negotiations was told that she must account for Denmark's position. I'm sure other countries will follow.

The question is, will the Obama administration -- a supposed paragon of transparency -- join Denmark in opening a dialog on whether copyright negotiations should take place in smoke-filled rooms, away from the press and public?


0 Comments:

Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home