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India Comes Out Swinging Against ACTA at WTO

The Government of India came out forcefully against ACTA this week in an intervention at the World Trade Organization.  The India position, which may well reflect the views of other ACTA-excluded countries, demonstrates that ACTA is emerging as a contentious political issue that extends well beyond civil society and business groups concerned with the agreement.  Countries excluded from the ACTA process have to come to recognize the serious threat it represents both substantively as well as for the future of multilateral organizations.

This growing concern from countries such as India represents a major new pressure point on the ACTA discussions.  The notion that ACTA countries could negotiate an agreement that would ultimately be used to pressure non-ACTA countries to conform without attracting opposition from those very countries was always unrealistic.  If the April ACTA round of talks was marked by the mounting pressure for greater transparency, the late June ACTA round of talks will undoubtedly have developing country opposition as its core concern.

India's intervention includes the following comments:

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June 10, 2010 4 comments News

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WTO Withholds Comment on ACTA

The WTO has declined a request from the European Parliament to comment on ACTA, since it currently has no role in the negotations.

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May 13, 2010 5 comments Must Reads

Indian Official: ACTA Out of Sync With TRIPs

IP Watch reports that an Indian government official has acknowledged that India was not asked to participate in the ACTA negotiations and that it is concerned that the text is out of sync with international law.

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May 5, 2010 Comments are Disabled Must Reads