February 26, 2010
Dr. Michael Geist said:
Throughout the debate over ACTA [ed: a secret, unprecedented copyright treaty that the public isn't able to see or participate in] transparency, many countries have taken public positions that they support release of the actual text, but that other countries do not. Since full transparency requires consensus of all the ACTA partners, the text simply can't be released until everyone is in agreement. Of course, those same countries hasten to add that they can't name who opposes ACTA transparency, since that too is secret. No longer. In an important new leak from the Netherlands, a Dutch memorandum reporting back on the Mexico ACTA negotiation round names names, pointing specifically to which countries support releasing the text and which do not. At the top of the no-transparency list: the U.S., South Korea, Singapore, and Denmark.
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