ACTA will be signed Saturday, US and Japan say

A controversial trade agreement targeting counterfeiters and copyright infringers is scheduled to be signed this Saturday in Tokyo, the Office of the US Trade Representative has announced.

Representatives of the US, Japan, Australia, Canada, the EU, South Korea, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore and Switzerland will be at the signing ceremony for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), according to Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Countries that have completed relevant domestic processes will sign ACTA, the ministry said in a press release. The agreement, which would create international standards for protecting intellectual property, will be open for signature until 1 May 2013, the ministry said.

Public Knowledge, a digital rights group, said the latest version of ACTA contains more protections for consumers than previous versions. Still, the group urged US President Barack Obama’s administration to make it clear that ACTA does not change US law, including provisions in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act protecting ISPs and websites from copyright enforcement — via redwolf.newsvine.com

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