Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement

Any chance you could ask your MP to sign this Early Day Motion call for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement talks to be more transparent?

The full text of the ACTA motion is:

That this House is deeply concerned by the secrecy surrounding international negotiations on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA); notes that any agreement reached could affect the measures to protect copyright online currently being debated in the Digital Economy Bill; believes that if the companies affected by the agreement are party to the discussions and able to influence decisions, parliamentarians who represent the public and are responsible for legislation in these areas should also be kept up-to-date with developments and be able to contribute to the debate; seeks assurances from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills that the provisions of the Digital Economy Bill will not be superseded by ACTA; and urges the Government to work to achieve release of details of the negotiations to hon. Members as soon as possible.

The motion has the support of Lib Dem, Don Foster and Conservative Chair of the Culture,Media and Sport select committee, John Whittingdale.

3 comments ↓

#1 pete on 01.26.10 at 9:49 pm

my mp, Geoffrey Cox, refuses to sign EDMs. thinks they’re a waste of resources.

i disagree with him. many EDMs are a waste. but it is, in many cases, the only political vehicle availble for a particular cause. this looks a good candidate.

but, i bet Geoffrey won’t sign.

#2 UK Cross Party Motion Tabled on ACTA « Stop A.C.T.A on 01.27.10 at 9:48 pm

[...] major UK parties have all signed onto a cross-party motion calling for greater transparency.  Tom Watson (Labour), John Whittingdale (Conservative), Lindsay Hoyle (Labour), and Don Foster (Lib Democrats) have all [...]

#3 Scott Deagan on 04.03.10 at 12:27 pm

I can’t understand this strange mutation of “democracy” that normal every day law abiding citizens (like myself) are being made acutely aware of recently.

At least they have some spine in the EU parliament:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EGfv6U8Gsk

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