Notwithstanding those reassurances, Canadian officials acknowledged the border measures issues were still unresolved. Moreover, days later a European briefing offered a somewhat different take on the copyright provisions. La Quadrature du Net, a leading European NGO, reports that the European Commission confirmed that the controversial criminal ACTA provisions were still included in the CETA draft.
Reconciling the conflicting reports is possible, given that Canadian officials stated that no Copyright Act provisions would require change as a result of CETA. The inclusion of border measures and criminal provisions could require other legislative changes, resulting in a deceptive (albeit accurate) response. Indeed, Canadian officials said in August that the criminal ACTA provisions were still alive. The uncertainty and public concern raises the prospect of CETA facing serious opposition within Europe due to the copyright provisions. For example, the Dutch government has said it will not sign CETA if it includes ACTA provisions. While the patent issues are a major Canadian issue, copyright could emerge as a big problem for the agreement in Europe should ACTA provisions resurface within CETA.