Thursday, September 18, 2008


The redoubtable EFF has sued the secretive and determined USTR over its allegedly insufficient disclosure under the US Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA") concerning the very non-transparent ACTA negotiations. Here's the complaint.

Here's the story from IP-Watch.

According to this story, even corporate giants such as Google are concerned.

Ironically, the level of transparency in Canada appears to even less than in the USA.

In my experience with IP treaties, which goes back more than twenty years, draft texts have always been made public at a relatively early stage, even if replete with square brackets. Not so here. This treaty was supposed to be a done deal by the end of this year, although rumours are that this won't happen.


1 comment:

  1. Has anyone tried to get a copy of a draft using the Access to Information act?