ACTA: Just more power for liberal totalitarians and Big BusinessNOVEMBER 2010: The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) will be voted on this morning in the European Parliament, and Nick Griffin has made it very clear how he will be voting.
"This is an initial vote in a procedure to ratify or reject the agreement. I will be voting against the Agreement. The amount of power being demanded would be misued by liberal totalitarian politicians and their Big Business friends," he told journalists.
Opponents of the Agreement argue that there is no need to make a treaty concerning copyright infringement. There is already adequate protection of copyright in the TRIPS agreement and the Berne Convention.
The ACTA treaty tries to codify how infringements are to be dealt with in national law. As international treaties are notoriously hard to change, this will remove the fexibility of the legal system at a time when technology is very rapidly changing the environment in which copyright laws have to operate.
It would be a gross error to further fossilise copyright law at this point in time.