Peter Ollier, Hong Kong and Fionn O'Raghallaigh,
The European Commission and the US Trade Representative have
released drafts of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement in
an attempt to open up the negotiating process and ease concerns
about possible restrictions on civil liberties and internet
"The negotiation draft shows that specific concerns, raised
in particular by the civil society, are unfounded," said EU
trade commissioner Karel de Gucht.
He added that no party in the ACTA talks is proposing that
governments should introduce a compulsory three-strikes
But the ACTA draft shows that the negotiators still have a
long way to go before reaching agreement on key issues.
The consolidated draft contains many paragraphs littered
with square brackets indicating that parties have put forward
different versions and no agreement has been reached.
In a joint statement accompanying the release of the draft,
the ACTA negotiators said that...