By Latest news
November 03 2009
International delegates are set to reopen negotiations over the controversial Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) today, with a new round of talks commencing in Seoul.
In preparation for the discussions, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) recently opened up the draft text to a select group of lobbyists, industry representatives and IP specialists. The list included counsel from Google, eBay, Dell and Intel.
"In preparing for the upcoming round of ACTA negotiations, USTR has broadened its consultations to include a diverse range of views, not only including the list of cleared advisers who give input to USTR on a regular basis, but also interested domestic stakeholders representing a broad range of views and expertise on internet and digital issues," explained Nefeterius McPherson, USTR spokeswomen.
WTR contacted a number of the stakeholders who had seen the draft agreement. None were able to comment, although Sherwin Siy, staff attorney at Public Knowledge, has released a statement noting: "While we appreciate USTR's recognition that increased participation is important, and its efforts in that regard, this process is still miles away from anything approaching real, public transparency."
For background, see "ACTA talks to be more transparent".
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