Development Arguments Against ACTA
Below are arguments that you can use to convince the "Development" (DEVE) committee's members of ACTA's dangers.
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- 1 ACTA won't protect our safety and health
- 2 ACTA will affect developing countries
ACTA won't protect our safety and health
ACTA will hinder access to generic medicine
Many NGOs and some countries have underlined ACTA's danger for the access to generic medicine. With an aggressive intellectual property enforcement, and by confusing generic and fake drugs, ACTA will prevent developing countries from getting legitimate and affordable generic medicines.
ACTA is a badly drafted text which takes the wrong approach to tackling counterfeits
If protecting health and safety was really the priority, then ACTA is just a bad and overbroad text. It mixes many types of infringement and enforcement measures, in which life-endangering fake products and organized crime activities are considered together with not-for-profit activities that play a role in access to knowledge, innovation, culture and freedom of expression.
ACTA will affect developing countries
ACTA is designed to be imposed on developing countries
ACTA's negotiators purposefully chose to bypass international forums, such as WTO and WIPO. Leaked US diplomatic cables showed that from the beginning, ACTA was designed to be imposed on developing countries, while excluding them of the negotiation process.
La Quadrature du Net's analysis of leaked cables
ACTA will chill in innovation
ACTA's digital chapter will export to developing countries several civil and criminal measures to fight the sharing of online culture. ACTA would pave the way for extra-judicial measures undermining freedom of speech online and innovation in the digital economy. It would have dramatic consequences, especially in countries that don't have the same fundamental rights protections as the EU.