ACTA and FTA unrelated – Yeah Right

The ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) and Free Trade Agreement negotiations are apparently not linked (ACTA not linked to free-trade agreement, say officials). We should be highly sceptical of this claim and pay very close attention to the precise words used by the officials making this denial. Remember how Clinton did not have “sex” “with” “that woman”? The statement was arguably not false if you used very particular meanings for the words. The same probably applies here. It is extremely likely that negotiators will be aware that pleasing the US in one area of negotiation may have an impact on others and act accordingly. It is hard to imagine how it could be otherwise.

Follow-up 19 Apr 2010 – Yeah Right is also the response of a local IP lawyer No ACTA-free trade link? ‘Yeah right’, says IP lawyer.