IP Justice comments on ACTA

March 21, 2008

IP Justice, a self-described “international civil liberties organization that promotes balanced intellectual property laws and Internet policies that encourage innovation and creativity” led by Robin Gross, just posted comments on ACTA to its site. You can read them here.

IPJ zeroes in on the most glaring flaws with the ACTA proposal and process:

  • No participation from NGO’s, the public, or developing countries
  • ACTA would waste money on “tougher enforcement” measures don’t work
  • Alternative IP regulations can stimulate innovation, markets, and legal IP use more effectively
  • Negotiation on these issues belong in WIPO and the WTO TRIPS Council

The IPJ comments also suggest that the USTR extend the period for comments to allow greater participation by citizens and other civil society groups. All in all, I couldn’t agree more…

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