ACTA copyright pact to go public

Negotiators from around the world have unanimously agreed to publish a draft version of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, following calls for transparency.

Negotiators on Wednesday will publish the first officially released draft of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, a new treaty designed to harmonize copyright enforcement around the world.

The decision to release the consolidated draft on April 21 was made at the eighth round of Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) negotiations, which took place this week in Wellington, New Zealand. So far, the only publicly available information on the negotiating countries' proposals and amendments have been leaked documents purporting to be drafts of the agreement.

"There was a general sense from this session that negotiations have now advanced to a point where making a draft text available to the public will help the process of reaching a final agreement," the participants said in a joint statement last week.

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