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November 09 2009
Leaked documents containing sections of the secretive draft Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) suggest that the treaty may focus more on copyright than trademarks and the fight against counterfeiting. The papers were made available online as negotiators entered fresh talks last week (see "ACTA enters new round of negotiations").
The leak, available here, has been the focus of much criticism by a number of lobbyists concerned with global copyright reform in light of increased digitization. Meanwhile, Michael Geist, a law professor at the University of Ottawa, commented that the text “provides firm confirmation that the treaty is not a counterfeiting treaty, but a copyright treaty”.
The Office of the United States Trade Representative last week issued a vague statement regarding the recent ACTA negotiations in Korea, noting that "the discussions at the meeting were productive and focused on enforcement of rights in the digital environment and criminal enforcement".
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