Scholars condemn the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement

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Consumers International participated in a group of over 90 academics, practitioners and public interest organizations from six continents who gathered at American University Washington College of Law, June 16-18, 2010 to analyze the official text of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), released for the first time in April, 2010.

The group found that the terms of the publicly released draft of ACTA threaten numerous public interests, including every concern specifically disclaimed by negotiators. They described ACTA as the predictably deficient product of a deeply flawed process, and concluded:

Any agreement of this scope and consequence must be based on a broad and meaningful consultative process, in public, on the record and with open on-going access to proposed negotiating text and must reflect a full range of public interest concerns. As detailed below, this text fails to meet these standards.

You can read the full text of the group's statement, and also read Consumers International's slides on public interest representation in global IP policy institutions which were presented at a breakout session during the event. More information on ACTA is also available on this site.

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