Today I stumbled upon the official Bulgarian translation of ACTA (found via Emil Georgiev’s Twitter feed). It was published on EUR-LEX, the European database for EU legislation. The text should be available in all EU languages – here is the English text, in the ANNEX section (starting with the EU Council Decision proposal): 52011PC0380
Here are some assorted comments that I made while reading the text. I originally posted them on my Twitter feed, so please excuse the non-prosaic style.
#ACTA in Bulgarian http://bit.ly/yQrA4L Quite a controversial text, very unbalanced and biased towards big copyright holders. #ACTA is encouraging transparency in copyright protection management, but #ACTA itself was prepared and signed with lack of transparency.
- News coverage from 2010 (Techdirt): Brazil opposing
#ACTA, saying it’s illegitimate. More Countries React To ACTA; Brazil Says ACTA Is Illegitimate
- The Committee can discuss suggestions & changes about ACTA. Each country that has signed the document is represented in the
- If a country wants to leave the
#ACTA agreement, it can do so even after signing the document. It’s never too late to oppose it. #ACTA is not applied on the borders of union-member countries, such as the EU.
to which @agonarch replied:
Of course not, because it is not yet in force, see Sec 3 Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (full text ACTA, PDF)
- I’m not a law specialist, but I think
#ACTA contains too vague definitions, and can be open to wide interpretations. #ACTA insists on full compensation at retail prices for each copy of infringing goods or content, physical or digital. #ACTA assumes all copyright holders are multinational organisations. No mention of single / independent producers and their protection. #ACTA focuses on trade marks. On random occasions, it also mentions works of the music and film industry. #ACTA assumes all works are copyright protected and the authors want to be protected. No mention of public domain and / or CreativeCommons. #ACTA insists on destroying and / or confiscating all infrastructure related to copyright infringement, or suspected future infringement. #ACTA suggests small packages and personal luggage is included in customs control, unless the signing country decides to exclude it. #ACTA is vague on how to prove authorship & rights ownership. Written as if all copyright protected goods are controlled by the same entity. #ACTA insists the state initiates a process when suspecting crime. Isn’t it the copyright holders’ job? Isn’t it enough to just inform them? #ACTA suggests internet service providers pass on information about suspected clients – when there is a process / investigation in place. #ACTA suggests being applied to extent that doesn’t jeopardise legal e-trade & communications, freedom of expression, personal info & safety