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ACTA is an agreement between national governments. It obligates them to legislate in a particular fashion. It can’t be amended by their legislatures, only accepted or rejected. It will be very expensive to amend the agreement itself, as this would basically require unanimity between the signatory states. ACTA never appeared on any election manifesto, and has been driven by lobbyists working for concentrated producer interests, using civil servants, and the executive branch of governments to negotiate the details of future legislation behind the backs of parliaments.

For me, this makes ACTA bad, even without considering its content or effects.

It’s also a description true of … every European directive. The EU is basically one generalised policy laundering machine.

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