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ACTA Negotiations Continue In Mexico, But Secrecy Remains A Concern

The United States is among more than a dozen countries meeting this week in Mexico for the next round of negotiations for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) a proposed treaty to crack down on copyright and other IP theft, but discussions remain shrouded in secrecy.

Internet industry figures fear that ACTA will force participating countries to introduce tough penalties for copyright breaches to bring them into line with US laws. But the impact on many countries might be limited because the governments have already adopted many US measures as part of an earlier trade agreements between the nations.

Negotiations, which have gone for more than two years, continue with four days of meetings in Guadalajara, Mexico, starting today.

The agenda has set aside several hours for discussion of civil enforcement, border measures and enforcement procedures but has scheduled just an hour for discussion of transparency, adding to fears of secrecy among critics of the agreement.

The accord is intended to upgrade laws surrounding copyright protection for digital content following an explosion in piracy and a booming trade in counterfeit goods.

The treaty is expected to empower copyright holders, including major music and film studios, and put extra responsibility on the shoulders of internet service providers to assist with enforcement.

Participating countries – mostly developed nations, including the US, Japan, Australia and the members of the European Union – have agreed not to release detail of discussions beyond a broad overview at the start of discussions. In fact, all the governments participating in the negotiations are bound by confidentiality agreements.

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