A lobby group pushing for ACTA is ICC BASCAP. I remember Cecile Arns(?) as a representative at the first stakeholder meeting, in particular because of her arguing style. That’s my point of interest here. They are kind of hammering these short emotive phrases, you always find a little lighthouse in a sentence. Very professional from a midterm lobbying perspective.
Read their paper on ACTA for yourself. A professional tone of upbeat support for very boring technical issues.
Here is a hot potato, and ICC BASCAP knows that. Criminal law for enforcement is not harmonised within the EU, but ACTA harmonises measures beyond the EU, with the EU legislator put out of charge:
The inclusion of criminal measures in ACTA does not require that the EU, rather than the Member States, must itself introduce criminal enforcement measures. ACTA has been concluded as a mixed agreement, and the criminal enforcement section falls under the competence of the Member States10. While the EU acquis itself does not yet include criminal IP enforcement and sanctions, the national laws have included criminal sanctions for the most serious commercial-scale intellectual property infringements for a long time in all EU Member States – in some cases since the 19th century. It is simply not correct to claim that the ACTA provisions for criminal sanctions with respect to intellectual property infringements is not aligned with the state of the law in Europe.
Most Member States have been in compliance with the TRIPs standards for criminal measures – which are fully consistent with ACTA – for nearly twenty years.
Well, the “TRIPS standard” says these measures should be available.
As described in this paper, the ratification of ACTA will provide important global support for the EU’s innovative, cultural and branded sectors – and the numerous jobs and other economic benefits that they generate.
You would imagine millions to take the streets in support of ACTA.