Roy Schestowitz wrote:
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> Consumer groups around the world demand transparency on secret copyright
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> | Glyn sez, "The Anti Counterfeiting Trade Agreement [ed: a secret, non-UN
> | treaty that rich countries are cooking up that will criminalize
> | copyright infringement, sending non-commercial file-sharers to prison;
> | authorize border guards to search your hard-drive and personal
> | electronics for copyright infringements; and require governments to give
> | media giants the power to decide who should and shouldn't have Internet
> | access, without having to prove anything in a court of law] has been
> | making its way in secret for some time, a coalition of consumer groups
> | have now demanded that the text of the directive be made public..."
Democratic governments should drop it and ask the thing to the started
again from scratch but this time without any of that un-democratic malarky
about not being allowed to see the text until after its finished.
The new text will be open and overseen as it gets written so that
democracies can believe in its merit at all levels.