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.
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;”