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Groups praise US, seven other countries for signing ACTA

Grant Gross | Oct. 4, 2011
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) both applauded the signing of the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) by representatives of the U.S., Japan, and six other governments in Toyko on Saturday.

The final version of ACTA is an improvement over earlier drafts, but the process of writing the agreement was "extremely flawed," Sohn said.

The eight countries signing the agreement called it a "significant achievement" in the enforcement intellectual property laws. "When it enters into force with all participants, the ACTA will formalize the legal foundation for a first-of-its-kind alliance of trading partners, representing more than half of world trade," the countries said in a joint statement.


 

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