Are Major Copyright Lobbies Showing Signs of Panic?Submitted by PWA on Thu, 07/19/2012 - 13:02
Things aren’t going anywhere near as well as major copyright corporations had hoped. After facing a major defeat in Europe as well as facing extra scrutiny from other countries, ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) is not exactly looking like the copyright flagship that would usher in new unprecedented copyright laws. Now, looking at what is cropping up really gives us the impression that not all is well in the corporate camp right now.
Major corporate interests had high hopes for ACTA. While it was initially dialed down to exclude the three strikes law, many provisions remained that caused critics to be in an uproar. In retrospect, it’s pretty easy to see the plan in the grand scheme of things: Push ACTA on a whole lot of countries, then ask for more a year or so down the road through either CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) and TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership). Of course, since ACTA was, compared to the other two agreements that have been floating around, relatively mild, there would be no problem getting countries around the world to just adopt it.
Then again, maybe not.
After a massive protest in Europe, ACTA was overwhelmingly shot down in Europe. The uproar has, in part, brought considerable focus to these secret agreemments to the public at large and that awareness turned many people into activists who are fiercely opposed to these agreements. Europe may have been seen as a launching pad to pressure other countries into following suit, but now, it has become a major obstacle for convincing other countries to ratify the agreement.