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Pirate Parties Join Chorus of Calls to Publicize ACTA

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement is a proposed plurilateral agreement currently being negotiated behind a veil of secrecy, between the United States, the European Union, Japan, Switzerland, South Korea, Mexico, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.

Whilst there is limited information available on the inaccurately named agreement itself, what has been made available, suggests that its intention and potential consequences contradict essential freedoms the national Pirate Parties all seek to realize and uphold.

ACTA will potentially require that ISPs essentially become agents of the surveillance state and enforcers of an increasingly draconian “intellectual property” regime by monitoring your internet communication, obligated to terminate your connection to the internet, and forward your personal details, at the behest of rights holders, without due process, violating your fundamental rights to privacy. In addition to this, signatories would be required to criminalize peer to peer sharing.

Do we require a discussion of the potential impacts on the pharmaceutical industry in regards to generic medicines? --Roderick 16:01, 22 September 2008 (CEST)

The distinct lack of transparency surrounding the ACTA negotiations, which are rapidly approaching their conclusion, have not allowed for analysis and critique of the potential impact of such prohibitive and invasive measures, nor have they allowed public interest organizations and individuals their rightful voice. The fundamentally undemocratic process, which threatens the worlds citizens with the spectre of an industry devised regime of surveillance and enforcement, is unacceptable, and the PPI condemns the process, and demands that all national governments involved in the ACTA negotiation publicize the draft agreement, and all pertinent information.