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Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)

At the 2005 G8 Summit in Gleneagles, Japan proposed the need to establish a legal framework to prevent counterfeiting and piracy.
Subsequently, in October 2007, Japan, the U.S., the E.U. and other countries issued a press statement announcing the commencement of intensive discussions on the goals to be pursued through the ACTA, and started continuous and unofficial discussions. Since June 2008, official negotiating rounds have been held for discussions based on the draft text of the ACTA.
The objective of the ACTA negotiations is to negotiate a new, state-of-the art agreement to combat counterfeiting and piracy. When it is finalized, the ACTA is intended to assist in the efforts of governments around the world to more effectively combat the proliferation of counterfeit and pirated goods, which undermines legitimate trade and the sustainable development of the world economy, and in some cases contributes to organized crime and exposes consumers to dangerous fake products.

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