One of the most interesting points of discussion/disagreement during the ACTA briefing arose from the possibility of including a de minimus exception within the Border Measures chapter. The exception is presumably designed to ensure that tougher border measures does not result in iPod searching border guards. Canadian officials indicated that […]
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Canadian officials were asked whether there was a timeline for completion. Officials responded that they could not confirm that the treaty would be completed by the end of 2009, noting that negotiations were delayed to start the year by a new incoming administration in the United States. The next round […]
Canadian officials confirmed that they favour a more transparent approach to ACTA. They indicated that there are ongoing discussions among negotiating partners about how to address transparency concerns. During the meeting, officials released a document that will apparently be made available by all ACTA negotiating partners. The document – which […]
The ACTA briefing included a look at the treaty to date that effectively confirmed the substance of many of the leaks online. They plan to post the powerpoint slides used for the presentation, but the key points on substance:
The Canadian government provided its first major briefing on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement this morning. There were attendees from all sides of the issue as well as an (unlisted) representative from the U.S. Embassy. The meeting started with a bang as Don Stephenson, an Assistant Deputy Minister at DFAIT, noted […]