ACTA : quelques détails

Michael Geist, professeur de droit à l’Université d’Ottawa, propose quelques détails concernant le mystérieux traité international ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) dans les pages du Ottawa Citizen :

From the moment the talks began last year, observers noted the approach was far different from virtually any other international treaty negotiation. Rather than negotiating in an international venue such as the United Nations and opening the door to any interested countries, ACTA partners consisted of a small group of countries (Canada, United States, European Union, Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Morocco, and Singapore) meeting in secret and opposed to broadening the process.

The substance of the treaty was also accorded the highest level of secrecy.

Draft documents were not released to the public and even the locations of negotiations were often kept under wraps. In fact, the U.S. refused to disclose information about the treaty on national security grounds.

Despite the efforts to keep the public in the dark, there has been a steady stream of leaks. Earlier this year, it was revealed criminal provisions would target both commercial and non-commercial infringement, creating the prospect of jail time even in cases where there was no intent to profit. Further, border guards would be given new powers to search people and seize products as they enter a country.

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