October 6, 2011
The Government of Canada announced last week that it signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), an international agreement aimed at combatting the spread of trade in counterfeit and pirated goods.
"Counterfeit and pirated goods are an increasingly global problem that requires a globally coordinated solution," said Canada's Minister of International Trade, Ed Fast.
ACTA will establish new international standards for enforcing intellectual property rights. It will cover three areas: improving international cooperation, establishing best practices for enforcement and providing a more effective legal framework to address the problem of counterfeiting and piracy. It will also give innovators, artists and entrepreneurs enhanced measures to ensure their creations and associated rights are protected.
Alongside Canada, Australia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, Singapore and the United States also signed the agreement, which was negotiated by 38 parties in total. The European Union, Mexico, and Switzerland did not sign the treaty yet, for various reasons.
Following the signature of ACTA, the Government of Canada will develop and introduce the necessary legislation to implement the agreement. The government has already taken steps to enforce and defend intellectual property rights and help balance the needs of creators and users by reintroducing its Copyright Modernization Act (Bill C-11) in Parliament on September 29. The bill informed and guided Canada's approach to the ACTA negotiations.
Link: Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.