As I noted in UK Minister says website blocking proposals “imminent”, in a comment on my google+ post about this, the Minister of Justice for Lithuania, Remigijus Šimašius, who happens to be an Austro-libertarian (he authored a chapter in the book I edited, Property, Freedom, and Society: Essays in Honor of Hans-Hermann Hoppe), wrote:
Lithuanian minister of Justice (me) says that ACTA (even having in mind its vagueness) may hamper internet freedom and strengthens mechanisms of IP protections to the level which is hardly justifiable.
I have posted my comments on my blog which was used in Lithuanian media. Today I was asked by many Lithuanian media about ACTA.
The essence of my comment was that certain provisions of ACTA are new to our legal system (more severe punishment, more control of internet providing services) and I do not see why those provisions are necessary.
I have also stated that our life is more and more dependent on R&D, new inventions, creativity. Existing IP protection system, however, is more about protecting the IP protection industry than a protection of inventors and authors. Current debate worldwide is a clear sign that we have to re-evaluate the existing IP rights system.