On October 1, 2011, eight ACTA negotiating partners -- including the U.S. -- signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), a plurilateral agreement concerning the enforcement of intellectual property... Read More
Feb 28, 2012
President Obama is planning to do an end-run around the U.S. Senate and implement the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) by “Sole Executive Agreement.” This is an unconstitutional attempt to impose a terrible treaty that will undermine the rights of every American citizen. This treaty is nothing more than a power grab that will allow the federal government to regulate and even shut down much of the internet. It will allow foreign governments to impose their censorship rules on the United States. And it will allow warrantless searches of laptop computers, iPods, Kindles, and cell phones. And Barack Obama wants to impose it on the United States, without a Senate debate, or a vote on ratification. Please stand up to Mr. Obama. Tell him that he MUST send the ACTA treaty to the U. S. Senate. Then, I urge you to vote against ratification. Please stand up for freedom of speech. Stop this this power grab. Stop the ACTA Treaty! https://grassroots.cc/6676_USJF_RS_EPA_Obama_Circumvent_TO_Intern_120130?utm_source=EPA+Abuse&utm_campaign=6fb2e9958c-ACTA_Email_Send_12_1_2012&utm_medium=email
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On October 1, 2011, eight ACTA negotiating partners -- including the U.S. -- signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), a plurilateral agreement concerning the enforcement of intellectual property rights. (<a href="http://www.mofa.go.jp/policy/economy/i_property/pdfs/acta1105_en.pdf">Read the full text of the agreement</a>).<br><br /> <br><br /> The <a href="http://www.ustr.gov/acta">U.S. Trade Representative</a> believes that ACTA does not require any change to US law, so it therefore does not need Congressional approval. However, Senator Ron Wyden and others believe that ACTA should be approved by Congress. In a letter to President Obama, Senator Wyden wrote that “regardless of whether the agreement requires changes in U.S. law…the executive branch lacks constitutional authority to enter a binding international agreement covering issues delegated by the Constitution to Congress’ authority, absent congressional approval.” (<a href="http://wyden.senate.gov/download/?id=f20e3fd3-f2f1-4fc2-a387-570a575700d6">Read the full letter</a>.)<br><br /> <br><br /> By supporting, you will be telling Congress that ACTA should be considered by Congress.<br><br /> <br><br /> By opposing, you will be telling Congress that ACTA does not need Congressional approval to become law.