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-- an undemocratic process;

-- the exclusion of public interest groups;

-- using questionable data,

-- the burdens imposed on public and private interests;

-- criminalizing ordinary consumer activity;

-- free expression;

-- privacy issues;

-- due process rights;

-- the need for flexibility to address technological change;

-- anti-innovative and anti-competitive provisions;

-- the claim that stronger consumer protections aren't needed; and

-- universally binding top-down rules overriding national sovereignty.

On April 6, 2009, the USTR released a summary of ACTA negotiations stating they're to:

-- "negotiate a new state-of-the art agreement to combat counterfeiting and piracy;" and

-- help "governments around the world....more effectively combat the proliferation of counterfeit and pirated goods."

-- Also presented was a draft agenda for the November 4 - 6, 2009 Seoul, Korea negotiations to be followed by a press release similar to the post-July 5th Morocco round saying little more than "discussion focused on International Cooperation and Enforcement Practices and Institutional Issues" as well as others regarding "transparency."

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