Thursday, October 13, 2011
Wyden to Obama: Declare ACTA Invalid
In his October 12th letter to President Obama, Sen. Ron Wyden (Dem., Oregon) asked President Obama to declare that the United States is not bound to comply with the terms of ACTA. The U.S., through the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and together with seven other nations, signed on October 1st in Tokyo the Anti-Counterfeit Trade Agreement. The signing nations are: U.S., Japan, Australia, Canada, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore and South Korea. Of note, China, India and Malaysia are among the many nations not signing this agreement. ACTA seeks to establish an international legal framework for the uniform enforcement of intellectual property rights. Sen. Wyden argues in his letter that the President does not have authority under the U.S. Constitution to bind the United States on an issue relating to intellectual property and trade -- that only Congress has this authority. No response from President Obama has been noted to date, and no other members of Congress co-signed this letter with Sen. Wyden.