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The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA): Lessons and Outcomes

July 31, 2012

Many claim that there are no coincidences – rather events, which, when tied together, they form logical conclusions. On this basis, the latest coincidence in the front of international intellectual property rule making is certainly worth exploring: at the time the future of the much-debated Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was being determined within Europe, a new round of negotiations concerning the Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement (TPPA) was taking place across the other side of the Atlantic. The common thread of both Agreements is their focus on intellectual property rights and their relevance to Internet technologies and platforms.

On July 4, 2012, the European Parliament – the directly elected parliamentary institution of the European Union (EU) –voted and rejected the ACTA text. ACTA was a piece of legislation that sought to protect the truly problematic issue of piracy and counterfeiting in the Internet, but sought to do that through a scheme that would place the open and distributive architecture of the Internet at risk, whilst at the same time sacrificing some basic civil and human liberties.

The rejection of ACTA has marked a new page in the history of international law making and it should not be taken lightly. It is perhaps the first time that lawmakers and legislators had to face the realities of the digital era and the role that digital technologies and, principally the Internet, can play within international institutional frameworks.

Mais informação: Internet Society

Leia também: Contra o ACTA, pelo ciberativismo

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