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This page is a collaborative website to share research and analysis of the Anticounterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and other elements of the international intellectual property enforcement agenda. It is maintained by American University Washington College of Law's Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property. 

WHAT IS ACTA? 
The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is a proposed plurilateral agreement to raise international standards for international intellectual property law enforcement. ACTA would establish a new international legal framework with its own governing body. Major concerns are raised by the potential reach of this agreement including its effects on border control, access to medicines, and personal privacy and expression.

Click here for the ACTA text released December 3, 2010

Click here for the PIJIP's latest updates on ACTA.

Click here for the USTR's perspective on ACTA.

RECENT ACTIVITY

On October 28,2010, over 75 professors and academics from the U.S. and abroad issued a letter to President Barack Obama and key members of Congress and the government asking for the President to uphold his campaign promises and to direct the USTR to change its approach to negotiating ACTA. The group asked the Commander-in-Chief to demand more transparency in negotiations, to treat the agreement as a treaty and not as an executive order, and to clarify the meaning of the agreement to the American Read the entire letter here.

Click here to also see a listing of press coverage of the event. 

PIJIP has created a document laying out comparisons between the TRIPS enforcement articles, ACTA (Apr. 2010) and ACTA (Oct. 2010). Click here to find the document.

In June 2010, PIJIP invited practitioners, scholars, and interested parties from around the world to provide comment and analysis on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. Authors include Brook K. Baker (Northeastern University), Gabriel Michael (George Washington University), and Peter Maybarduk (Public Citizen). 

In response to the failure of government officials to subject the ACTA text to public comment, PIJIP has begun a blog series featuring suggestions and explanations for amendments to the agreement. Topics covered include "Small Consignments and Personal Luggage," "Due Process in Border Measures," and "Use By, For, or Authorized By a Government." 

Official ACTA Negotiating Text Released
Read the official ACTA text released by the United States Trade Representative on October 2, 2010.

Read past negotiated versions of ACTA from 2007-2009, including several leaked versions. 

RECENT NEWS


THE OTHER NEGOTIATING COUNTRIES

Click the link below to find out about some of the other negotiating countries' stances on ACTA



OTHER GROUPS INTERESTED IN ACTA
Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) is a not for profit non governmental organization that searches for better outcomes, including new solutions, to the management of knowledge resources. KEI is focused on social justice, particularly for the most vulnerable populations, including low-income persons and marginalized groups. Click here for KEI's coverage of ACTA.

Founded in Geneva in September 1996, the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) aims to influence the international trade system such that it advances the goal of sustainable development. As an independent, non-profit, and non-governmental organization, ICTSD engages a broad range of actors in ongoing dialogue on trade and sustainable development policy. In advancing its mission, the Centre has become a leading broker of knowledge and information on trade policy and sustainable development. Click here for ICTSD's coverage of ACTA.

Intellectual Property Watch, a non-profit independent news service, reports on the interests and behind-the-scenes dynamics that influence the design and implementation of international intellectual property policies. Click here for IP Watch's coverage of ACTA and the controversy around it.

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) broke new ground when it was founded in 1990 — well before the Internet was on most people's radar — and continues to confront cutting-edge issues defending free speech, privacy, innovation, and consumer rights today. From the beginning, EFF has championed the public interest in every critical battle affecting digital rights. Click here for EFF's coverage of ACTA. 

Public Citizen serves as the people’s voice in the nation’s capital. Since our founding in 1971, we have delved into an array of areas, but our work on each issue shares an overarching goal: To ensure that all citizens are represented in the halls of power. Public Citizen is concerned with the potential impact ACTA will have on access to medicines. Click here to see some of Public Citizen's publications on ACTA and access to medicines. 

Dr. Michael Geist is a law professor at the University of Ottawa where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law. He is also a vocal player in criticisms of ACTA. Click here to read some of his blog posts about ACTA.

Started in 1997 by Floor64 founder Mike Masnick and then growing into a group blogging effort, the Techdirt blog uses a proven economic framework to analyze and offer insight into news stories about changes in government policy, technology and legal issues that affect companies ability to innovate and grow. Click here to read some Techdirt contributors' thoughts on ACTA.

Public Knowledge is a Washington, D.C.-based public interest group working to defend citizens' rights in the emerging digital culture. Click here to read Public Knowledge's thoughts on ACTA.