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Mexico votes to dump ACTA as it stands

The Mexican Senate this week took a step towards withdrawing from the ongoing ACTA negotiations.

ACTA is a desperate step taken by the heavily-industrialised, planet-killing nations to clamp down on copyright, trademark and patent issues, in recognition of the fact they don't really make much any more, yet still expect to live in the lap of luxury by shuffling bits of e-paper about.

The Mexican Senate hasn't rejected ACTA per se but passed a non-binding resolution that seeks to reject international agreements cooked up in secret.

The resolution, promoted by Senator Carlos Sotelo from the PRD party, was passed unanimously, according to

The Senators reckon they and the general public should be able to scrutinise ACTA to find out exactly what it is they might be signing up to.

Senator Doring from the National Action Party (PAN) said his party regards the Internet as "a universal platform that belongs to the citizens", while the Senators also recognised ACTA as it stands extends its reach well beyond the confines of the Internet

Doring explains the complicated rigmarole thus: "Regarding the Internet, I want to make clear the position of the PAN Senators: What made us vote in favour of this point of agreement is not that we want to deter Mexico from endorsing an agreement, but that we want to revise it first together with the authorities of the Federal government, in order to avoid a mismatch.

"What we senators do not want is that the government endorses this document unilaterally and that there is not the possibility of exercising plural politics with a mixed work group like the one this point of agreement is proposing, because then what is left is the glitch between a document that has been signed by the government of the Republic and the yes or no of the ratification of the treaty by the Senate.”

There's a Google attempt at a translation of the agreement here. The original Spanish is here.