Mexico’s Senate rejects ACTA

Last week, the Mexican Senate passed a resolution asking the President not to sign ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. With this resolution, the Mexican Senate is the first in the world to reject this treaty that has been pushed in several countries under different names, such as “Ley Sinde” in Spain and “Ley Lleras” in Colombia and many others. This proposal was approved unanimously by all members of the Senate’s Defense, National Security and Education commissions.

After six months of consultations with the community, industry and authors, the Senate decided to reject ACTA because the treaty could criminalize the transmission of documents, books or songs over the Internet. The Senate committees were concerned that such treatment could impede society’s access to information and culture.

Mexico has been one of the most vocal opponents to the treaty. The criticism of ACTA has risen to such an extent that lobbyists have resorted to reminding the Senate that ACTA was “untouchable.” Despite the political pressure, the Mexican Senate sided against ACTA. As Senator Federico Döring explained, “The opposition successfully argued and sustained a position that the government was incapable of articulating.” Consumers Association President Daniel Geherson even compared the treaty with George Orwell’s 1984 novel, pointing out the censorship and the risks to freedom of speech and privacy posed by ACTA. (Listen to the audio in Spanish).

The President now has the final say on whether or not to instruct all government offices to cease their involvement with ACTA negotiations.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001613053048 Diestra Consultoría Mediación

    ACTA has being a really important topic the last months, people dont want to lose theyr freedom over the acces to the information on internet, which today is a complete new way of education; but on the other hand we tend to think that everything on the internet “must” be free (when it hasnt) and start to lose respect for the authors, artists, producers, etc etc. Let´s see what happens with the rest of the latinoamerican countries and who else is brave enough to reject it.

  • Ronnie

    Of course the corrupt Mexican Government would disapprove of such an treaty, it would put a strain on their pocket books in the fact that they would have to spend their own money and  not that of the illegal cartels that make and trade such counterfeit goods.

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