Summary of the copyright trade agreement

In the intro­duc­tion to the sum­ma­ry, the nego­ti­at­ing par­ties dis­cuss the objec­tives of the pro­posed agree­ment in a lit­tle more detail than in their pre­vi­ous state­ments in a way that seems designed to com­fort con­sumers:

The intend­ed focus is on coun­ter­feit­ing and pira­cy activ­i­ties that sig­nif­i­cant­ly affect com­mer­cial inter­ests, rather than on the activ­i­ties of ordi­nary cit­i­zens. ACTA is not intend­ed to inter­fere with a signatory’s abil­i­ty to respect its cit­i­zens’ fun­da­men­tal rights and civ­il lib­er­ties, and will be con­sis­tent with the WTO Agree­ment on Trade-Relat­ed Aspects of Intel­lec­tu­al Prop­er­ty Rights (TRIPS Agree­ment) and will respect the Dec­la­ra­tion on TRIPS and Pub­lic Health” Extract from DFAT’s Sum­ma­ry of Key Ele­ments Under Dis­cus­sion

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p>But, if this is so, why do gov­ern­ments need to keep the talks <a href=“http://www.petergallagher.com.au/index.php/site/article/a-secret-copyright-treaty/” title=“Peter Gal­lagher | A

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