There are nothing secretive about the meetings or the agreement. All those parties that needed to be involved were there and added their input.
No need for pesky open government types, whinging civil libertarians or victims (sorry I meant to type customers). They don't need to have no say, they're just their to pay and pay and pay again.
Actually IP creators don't need to be involved either. There are too many of them.
No what's needed is a small easily coordinated cabal of monopolistic enterprises who can sensibly make the right decisions to maximise their own payola.
Can't you just see that? What's wrong with you David?
Now personally I can see the need to have an anti counterfeiting treaty, and I can see that negotiating in an open way is very difficult. But surely the whole process does need to be much more open that it was. Proposals need to be openly published. All interested parties need a chance to have their say. That doesn't necessarily mean that anyone will listen, but some good ideas will come from unexpected sources. They normally do. In the case of the Music industry for instance then the idea of making it easy to download an album in the middle of a rainy night started life as ripping off the music business and artists, but what it really told us was that people wanted to be able to be able to get music when ever and where ever they happened to be, not to have to conform to an existing distribution channel. This or course turned out to be a business opportunity, but it took those that the traditional record companies view as their enemies to point it out to them.
At the end of the day there needs to be an incentive for people to invest in developing things. The modern world makes developing new drugs eye poppingly expensive, but we would quite like to avoid another thalidomide case. Unless there is some way for drug companies to recoup their investment in new drugs there won't be many new drugs. Charities, even the Welcome trust, can't do it all on their own.
But consumers need to be allowed to have a say in the rules that govern what and how they consume.