Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Mar 2010 16:58 UTC
Legal We have some very, very good news for Europeans (which happens to include myself): we have the European Parliament on our sides when it comes to battling ACTA. If you may recall, ACTA is basically an attempt by the US to impose upon the rest of the world draconian measures like three strikes laws and the DMCA. All parties within the European Parliament have together put forth a resolution that would effectively tackle ACTA.
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RE[7]: Three strikes in the USA?
by essdeekay on Wed 10th Mar 2010 07:03 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Three strikes in the USA?"
essdeekay
Member since:
2006-01-31

The U.S. isn't bullying Europe, nor is it engaging in protectionist practices.


That's not entirely true. I agree with most of the rest of your comments, but both the US and Europe engage in protectionist practices when it suits them - I don't agree with it, but to dismiss that it occurs is naive.

One recent example of this is the US' Aerial Refueling Tanker program (aka KC-X), which had two primary bidders - Boeing (US) and a consortium made up of Northrop Grumman (US) / EADS (European).

2003: Boeing won the contract only to have the contract award revoked due to an ethics scandal related to the contract
2008: Northrop/EADS were awarded the contract - US senators in uproar that US tax dollars may go to European company
2008-2010: USAF change terms of contract to favor Boeing's smaller aircraft, making Northrop/EADS' position untenable
2010: Northrop/EADS officially withdraw their bid

However you look at the goings-on of that program, there definitely are protectionist practices occuring in the US at this very moment.

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boldingd Member since:
2009-02-19

Fair enough -- FWIW, that whole affair draws negative press over here, too.

How about this: protectionism right now is extremely low, and isn't a major systemic problem?

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