The Harper government’s hopes of including elements of the controversial Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) in a trade agreement with Europe could be in danger.
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ACTA is an international treaty signed by Ottawa, part of it’s strategy to convince companies — and the United States– that it is serious about stamping out counterfeiting. It has already passed changes to the Copyright Act to make it conform to ACTA.
As international resistance to ACTA-like provisions grows, one has to wonder what the reaction of the U.S. will be. A number of powerful IT American companies, like Microsoft and Apple, have been trying to stamp out counterfeiting for years. If ACTA fails, what will replace it?