ACTA is billed as a trade agreement, and it is likely to have a far reaching impact on the poorest people in the world. ACTA's purported aim is to increase the efficacy of enforcement of intellectual property. However, like the enforcement agenda that gave rise to it, ACTA's provisions threaten access to medicines, access to learning materials, and access to markets by developing countries, and in so doing threaten development.
Combating internet piracy is a global challenge. Fundamentally, piracy lingers because it has become a culturally acceptable behaviour that is under-enforced. The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is the latest enforcement measure aimed at sinking the pirate ship. Weiterlesen
Axel Metzger, Professor für Geistiges Eigentum und Informationstechnologie-Recht an der Universität Hannover und Mitautor des ACTA Blogs, fasst den aktuellen Stand der ACTA-Verhandlungen mit einem Ausblick auf mögliche Folgen zusammen.