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Slovenian ambassador apologizes for signing ACTA

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 05 Feb 2012 16:15 User comments (5)

Slovenian ambassador apologizes for signing ACTA Slovenia's Ambassador to Japan Helena Drnovsek Zorko has apologized for signing the ACTA agreement on behalf of her nation.
The Anti Counterfeiting Trade Agreement resulted from efforts by the entertainment industry to mandate copyright law via international agreement. It was written in secret, with the input of movie and recording industry lobbyists, but with the general public provided information only via leaks from various parties to the negotiations.

Zorko says she was overworked and did not pay enough attention to the agreement before signing it. It has been signed by the U.S., Japan and 22 European nations.

Here apology is worth reading:

On Thursday, 26th January, 2012, I signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) on behalf of the Republic of Slovenia, following the directive and authorisation of the Slovenian government. I signed the agreement because I was instructed to do so by the government, and because it is a part of my job.

Why did I sign ACTA. Every day there is a barrage of questions in my inbox and on Facebook from mostly kind and somewhat baffled people, who cannot understand how it occurred to me to sign an agreement so damaging to the state and citizens.

I signed ACTA out of civic carelessness, because I did not pay enough attention. Quite simply, I did not clearly connect the agreement I had been instructed to sign with the agreement that, according to my own civic conviction, limits and withholds the freedom of engagement on the largest and most significant network in human history, and thus limits particularly the future of our children.

First I apologised to my children. Then I tried to reply to those acquaintances and strangers who expressed their surprise and horror. Because there are more and more of them, I am responding to them publicly. I want to apologise because I carried out my official duty, but not my civic duty. I don't know how many options I had with regard to not signing, but I could have tried. I did not. I missed an opportunity to fight for the right of conscientious objection on the part of us bureaucrats.

On Saturday, 4th February, a protest is planned in Ljubljana for those who object to the ratification of ACTA. The true concern and determination of those Slovenian citizens who feel that the agreement must be stopped will be reflected in the number of people who attend this protest. I would like to ask for somebody to please attend in my name.

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5 user comments

16.2.2012 6:22
qaz3
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I just bombed a country.
I am sorry! I was overworked.

26.2.2012 12:19

"I only had a couple of beers... It was the school bus that through the red light not me!"

It was underhanded, sneaky; they all probably got cash under the table (in a manner of speaking) & we all as a global community are going to pay for it through consumerism. All in the name of "greed". Not 'copyright' or 'capitalism' or 'protection'.

This is as lame of an excuse as my old man saying that he didn't complete college because he, "couldn't make it to classes, because it was the coldest winter recorded in history..." in our area at the time.

Utter, complete, homogenized, purified & dipped in maple syrup, bullshit. "I'm sorry" is just two words. After a while they don't mean shite. I stopped saying them altogether almost 25 years ago. My actions are to now FIX my wrongs if I'm truly sorry. Anything else would be an elongated lie.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 06 Feb 2012 @ 12:22

36.2.2012 14:32

Welcome to how trade agreements are done with the USA.

This is all over the top really.

The laws of the country over ride ACTA, anyway.

There's been and is court cases in Australia in process that have used ACTA to be able to sue people, ACTA is what will have allowed Kim Dotcom to be sued or arrested in New Zealand.

If the Republic of Slovenia didn't sign up to ACTA, and all the other stuff then they won't be able to trade with the USA, making it much harder to import/export between the 2 countries.

And to say she had a choice about signing LOL, you have to be kidding it's up to the ruling party to decide that not some person who only looks after the embassy in Japan.

If people want to complain about things being done in secret them whinge to the US government who want these deals/talks all done in secret.

46.2.2012 16:53

Originally posted by xtago:
If the Republic of Slovenia didn't sign up to ACTA, and all the other stuff then they won't be able to trade with the USA, making it much harder to import/export between the 2 countries.

And to say she had a choice about signing LOL, you have to be kidding it's up to the ruling party to decide that not some person who only looks after the embassy in Japan.
ALL Trade? Probably not likely. Typical taxation & tariffs on inbound goods are what usually happens. The prices being so outrageous that those countries not "playing the game" usually cowtail to the US or simply piss-off somewhere else.

That's the price for making a choice. Understandably, if the figurehead has the ability to make a public statement countermanding the action they made by stating the government made them do it, then do you really think that government is going to let them get away with such a derogatory statement?


Originally posted by xtago:
If people want to complain about things being done in secret them whinge to the US government who want these deals/talks all done in secret.
Uuh, this sounds like code already... and as far as I can tell, we (US citizens) DO piss, bitch, moan, whine & complain to no end about these kind of back door deals. They go on all the f*king time! It's maddening how much it happens.

We catch our government doing it 'most' of the time. They have to publicize what they're doing with pretty much non-disclosure. Hollywood & their cronies DON'T. That's how crap like this ACTA (& SOPA/PIPA, almost) got through.

American's had their eye on the ball with the SOPA/PIPA deal. It wasn't until AfterDawn & too damn late that I heard about ACTA. And it certainly wasn't from a lack of caring, I can attest to that.

56.2.2012 22:21

Originally posted by xtago:


If people want to complain about things being done in secret them whinge to the US government who want these deals/talks all done in secret.

thats the porblem they are done in secret.SOPA/PIPA was made public and the public went nuts and were against it and it didnt happen.Had ACTA been made public people would of reacted the same way.

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