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EFF: What is ACTA?

In October 2007 the United States, the European Community, Switzerland and Japan simultaneously announced that they would negotiate a new intellectual property enforcement treaty, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, or ACTA. Australia, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Mexico, Jordan, Morocco, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates and Canada have joined the negotiations. Although the proposed treaty's title might suggest that the agreement deals only with counterfeit physical goods (such as medicines), what little information has been made available publicly by negotiating governments about the content of the treaty makes it clear that it will have a far broader scope, and in particular, will deal with new tools targetting "Internet distribution and information technology". . . . .

Michael Geist: "The ACTA Threat"


  • ACTA Finally Released - Only after leaks exposed secret treaty anyway, dslreports 4/21/2010
  • ACTA Draft Text Released: (Nearly) Same As It Ever Was, Geist 4/21/2010
  • ACTA Raising Serious Constitutional Questions, Techdirt 3/26/2010
  • Report From The Field: ACTA Negotiations Not Going Well, Techdirt 3/26/2010
  • Complete ACTA text finally leaked, Ars Technica 3/24/2010
  • Dear President Obama: Get ACTA out in the open, CNET 3/19/2010
  • New ACTA Leaks: Criminal Enforcement, Institutional Issues, and International Cooperation, Geist 3/19/2010
  • Obama: We Must Move Forward On ACTA, Techdirt 3/12/2010
  • EU Parliament rejects secretive ACTA in vote for openness, CW 3/12/2010
  • ACTA's Internet Chapter Leaks; And, Now We See How Sneaky The Negotiators Have Been, Techdirt 2/25/2010
  • EU data protection chief slams secret ACTA talks, CW 2/22/2010
  • Leaked Document Summarizes January's ACTA Negotiations in Mexico, PK 2/22/2010
  • But, Wait, Didn't The Entertainment Industry Insist ACTA Wouldn't Change US Law?, Techdirt 2/4/2010
  • ACTA One Step Closer To Being Done; Concerns About Transparency Ignored, Techdirt 2/1/2010
  • ACTA Moving Forward in "Secrecy", Circleid 2/1/2010
  • ACTA: International Harmonization at What Cost?, EFF 1/28/2010
  • Blogging ACTA Across The Globe: FFII's Ante Wessels on Exporting Europe's Flaws, EFF 1/28/2010
  • Adding up the explanations for ACTA's "shameful secret", Ars Technica 1/19/2010
  • Bits Of ACTA Agreement Leaking Out - EFF says it's everything they feared..., dslreports 11/4/2009
  • More ACTA Details Leak: It's An Entertainment Industry Wishlist, Techdirt 11/4/2009
  • Leaked ACTA Internet Provisions: Three Strikes and a Global DMCA, EFF 11/4/2009
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