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US Gov. Releases Six Pages On Secret ACTA Pact 86

narramissic writes "Change is afoot at the Office of the US Trade Representative. New details have been released about an anti-counterfeiting trade agreement that has been discussed in secret among the US, Japan, the European Union and other countries since 2006. Although the six-page summary (PDF) provides little in the way of specific detail about the current state of negotiations, the release represents a change in policy at the USTR, which had argued in the past that information on the trade pact was 'properly classified in the interest of national security.'" Michael Geist has a timeline that puts together more details about the ACTA negotiations than any government has so far been willing to reveal.
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US Gov. Releases Six Pages On Secret ACTA Pact

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  • Why?
    What's the South ever done for the rest of us?
    Most of the anti-science, anti-education, and anti-equality political activism comes from the South.
    Much more of our federal tax dollars go to southern states than they put into the system.
    Lincoln was wrong - we should've just let them go when we had a chance.

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  • by Maudib ( 223520 ) on Wednesday April 08, 2009 @12:19AM (#27499881)

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 08, 2009 @01:31AM (#27500223) posted on the wrong article.

Real programmers don't comment their code. It was hard to write, it should be hard to understand.