The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is an international agreement that was signed by Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, and the United States. It was negotiated behind closed doors from 2006-2010.
Public Knowledge’s Position
This international agreement may sound uncontroversial, but, in fact, raises many questions and poses a significant threat to the public interest. Everyone can agree that it is important to internationally enforce laws against large-scale commercial counterfeiting and piracy—protecting against things like trademark-infringing knock-offs and dangerous counterfeit drugs. However, there are several fundamental problems with the process and content of the ACTA that raise significant concerns.
Process concerns include: