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    European Parliament Passes Resolution Calling on Canada To Support Moving ACTA to WIPO

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    Thursday May 06, 2010
    With the Canada - European Union summit underway this week, the European Parliament has just passed a resolution that calls on Canada to support even greater ACTA transparency and to shift the negotiations to an international organization such as WIPO.  The full paragraph within the resolution states that the European Parliament:

    Hopes that Canada will fully support the EU's request to open up the ACTA negotiations to public scrutiny, as it requested in its resolution of 10 March 2010, and to have those negotiations conducted under the auspices of an international organisation, the most suitable being WIPO;

    In the aftermath of its success in promoting release of the ACTA draft text, it is interesting to see the European Parliament becoming increasingly vocal about the ACTA negotiations.  Canada has remained generally silent on these issues and the EP resolution may help coax out a response.
    Comments (10)add comment

    Carrie Liddy said:

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    Talk about being caught between two elephants. Guess Harper's nit getting a lit of sleep tonight.

    I'm betting Harper wishes he would have kept quiet about copyright
    May 06, 2010

    Eric L. said:

    Good and bad
    First, isn't this the same EU that wants Canada to have stupid copyright legislation? While I do appreciate EU pushing ACTA transparency, that doesn't really rectify months of plans involving forced strict-copyright reform on Canada. I really don't get the EU sometimes.
    May 06, 2010

    I am confused said:

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    How can the EU pass a resolution to determine what Canada has to do? It is not like we lost a war and is being governed by the rest of the world.

    Only Canadians must decide on itself what is best for Canada. If we can't do that, then what we have is not a democracy. May be it should be demo-crazy.
    May 06, 2010

    Kevin B said:

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    If only Canadians decide what is best for Canada, why are we allowing the American content providers to dictate our legislation to us?
    May 07, 2010

    Joe said:

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    Poor Stephen, being pressured from two foreign powers. Maybe it'll be enough for him to snap to and realise he serves Canadians and noone else.

    "No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other."
    May 07, 2010

    former conservative voter said:

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    am confused said:
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    How can the EU pass a resolution to determine what Canada has to do? It is not like we lost a war and is being governed by the rest of the world.


    -----

    the last world war was between Germany and international banks (who also financed Hitler). We, the allies, won the war, but were on the side of the banks, who still govern us

    read this:


    http://www.scribd.com/doc/18053344/The-Rakovsky-Interogration




    May 07, 2010

    LJ said:

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    "Good and bad
    First, isn't this the same EU that wants Canada to have stupid copyright legislation? While I do appreciate EU pushing ACTA transparency, that doesn't really rectify months of plans involving forced strict-copyright reform on Canada. I really don't get the EU sometimes. "

    This is the European Parliament pushing for transparency - not the European Commission that is negotiating ACTA (in secret)
    May 07, 2010

    Eric L. said:

    "This is the European Parliament pushing for transparency - not the European Commission that is negotiating ACTA (in secret)"
    Ah. Thank you for clearing that up.
    May 07, 2010

    Blaze C. said:

    I suspect
    that the my (the canadian) gov't is taking a "wait and see" approach, with the idea that they may very well pack up and go home if things take a turn for the worse for us. after all, that's what you do if you are in a room full of people with whom you are undecided about; you keep quiet and listen.
    May 08, 2010

    MrDegaulle said:

    Why are we giving up on Democracy?
    The EU parliament is not elected, but rather selected. Von Rumpuy and his non-elected parliament cronies have no business dictating what how a sovereign country should deal with Intellectual Property issues.

    The first thing on Von Rumpuy's agenda should be explaining to the world how someone becomes selected to speak on behalf of 500 million people when most of them would take pitch forks to him if they truly understood how they got bamboozled into this unelected governance in the first place.

    Now you want to rule my country - I don't think so.

    As far as I'm concerned the European parliament does not represent the people - and there should be a UN ban on even acknowledging their existence.
    May 10, 2010

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