The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), signed by the US, European Union and 22 of its Member States, Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, and South Korea is expected to be debated by the EU’s legislative body this week with approval uncertain. The treaty, which some claim is even worse than SOPA, is widely unpopular and sparked demonstrations throughout Europe (see map left) trigger 2.4 million Europeans to sign an petition urging the EU to reject ACTA.
In the United States, the administration is taking the position that since the bill does not alter U.S. law, the treaty is merely an executive agreement that does not require Senate ratification. A point questioned by a number of scholars and, more important Senator Wyden (D-OR) who is leading the charge against it.
For More Information: ACTA Notebook