STOP the ACTA: ACTA In A Nutshell

What is ACTA?  ACTA is the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. A new intellectual property enforcement treaty being negotiated by the United States, the European Community, Switzerland, Japan, Australia, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Mexico, Jordan, Morocco, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and Canada.


 

Why should you care about ACTA? Initial reports indicate that the treaty will have a very broad scope and will involve new tools targeting “Internet distribution and information technology.”

What is the goal of ACTA?

Reportedly the goal is to create new legal standards of intellectual property enforcement, as well as increased international cooperation, an example of which would be an increase in information sharing between signatory countries’ law enforcement agencies.

 

 

Essential ACTA Resources -

  • Read more about ACTA here: ACTA Fact Sheet
  • Read the authentic version of the ACTA text as of 15 April 2011, as finalized by participating countries here: ACTA Finalized Text
  • Follow the history of the treaty’s formation here: ACTA history
  • Read letters from U.S. Senator Ron Wyden wherein he challenges the constitutionality of ACTA:Letter 1Letter 2 | Read the Administration’s Response to Wyden’s First Letter here: Response
  • Watch a short informative video on ACTA: ACTA Video
  • Watch a lulzy video on ACTA: Lulzy Video
  • Reuters: ACTA signed in Tokyo: Article
  • United States ACTA: Read
  • European Union Trade Commission ACTA: Read
  • Australian Gov’t ACTA: Read
  • Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic: Read
  • ACTA Undermines Access to Medicines: Article

 

Say NO to ACTA. It is essential to spread awareness and get the word out on ACTA.

 

 

- Article Written By: Anonymous/YourAnonNews

 

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003405649491 Jencarlos

    First of all well done Poland, the Czech Republic and now Germany to refuse to sign ACTA. Shame on my geonremvnt, UK, for ratifying. Basically ACTA is something cooked up by American corporations, who with their extensive lobbying and funding of their politicians, are using ACTA to stifle developments in the rest of the world through the legal process. ACTA has been developed in private. Once the policy was developed then Japan, heavily influenced by America, was brought on board to justify calling it an international treaty. Then most of the rest of the world, without too much thought, have mostly signed up. Intellectual property rights are, and should be, discussed, agreed and implemented through the far more open discussions of the World Trade Organisation. Already the implementations of ACTA are being felt throughout the world. The current negotiations between the EU and India are likely to end up with Indian firms providing anti-HIV drugs to Africa being either banned or being sold at such a high price that tens of thousands of people will die. American companies are already exploiting beneficial work done by others for example patenting gene sequences discovered by gene-mapping and an attempt to patent the seeds of some varieties of traditionally grown rice in India. If you have not already sign the petition Avaaz.org’s petition. Write to both your own politicians and the members of the EU parliament. If not say good bye to academic co-operation and individuals and small businesses developing innovative products both that Europe does well. Instead expect large corporations to dominate the world; to destroy small businesses with expensive law suites; to drastically reduce choice. No. NO NO NO.

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