Still no official word on ACTA from the EU
Today the European Union has announced:
Counterfeiting and piracy are a growing threat for the economy. Between 2005 and 2010, the number of registered cases at the EU borders of goods suspected of infringing intellectual property rights (IPR) increased from 26,704 to over 80,000. Meanwhile, the creative industry estimates that piracy has cost the European music, movie, TV and software industry €10 billion and more than 185,000 jobs in 2008 alone.
Well, let’s leave aside the obvious suggestion that the creative industries have been very creative in coming up with those figures. That aside, it is the perfect argument for the EU signing the ACTA trade agreement last week.
But that’s not what it is. It’s the EU’s announcement of the winners of its “Hands off my Design” competition. There is still no official announcement that the EU has signed ACTA.
I have just two questions. Why not? How bloody dare they?
(If you want to, you can read about the winners of the “Hands off my Design” competition announcement here – but it’s not very interesting.)