ACTA signing begins


Today, a ceremony in Tokyo saw the first few countries start to sign the very controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). Though 11 countries took part in the final negotiations last year, 8 of them actually signed it today. Australia, Canada, Japan, Republic of Korea, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore and the US were the 8 that signed it, while the EU, Mexico and Switzerland have not signed it yet. 
The Agreement requires the ratification of 6 members and will come into effect once this happens.  
Despite activists and academics pointing out the problems with ACTA, despite other governments raising opposition to the Agreement (with India playing a substantial role in this opposition), and even while protests continue on Wall Street for placing corporate (greed) interests far above all else, it seems certain governments continue to play straight into their hands, ignoring all other interests.
We’ve written at least 16 posts on our blog on the topic already, and I doubt I have anything new to add right now on why the ACTA is far from desirable — so I’ll just end this with a few words from the great bard here (and a picture from a great movie) on continuing to fight against the odds. 

Aragorn at the Black Gates

“We are but warriors for the working-day;
Our gayness and our gilt are all besmirch’d
With rainy marching in the painful field;
There’s not a piece of feather in our host–
Good argument, I hope, we will not fly–
And time hath worn us into slovenry:
But, by the mass, our hearts are in the trim;”



          – Shakespeare 

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  1. AvatarAnonymous

    H guys can you please provide me with a judgment that comments on the evolution of Section 29 of the TMA, the different kinds of infringement, whether the section was well derafted etc.

    Thanks!

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