This purpose of this site is to provide information about the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, and its potential impact on New Zealand.
This web site records the public campaign run in 2010 by InternetNZ, the Internet Service Providers Association of NZ (ISPANZ), NZ Open Source Society, The Creative Freedom Foundation NZ, and Tech Liberty NZ.
From 2008 to 2010 the drafting of ACTA was conducted behind closed doors, and the agreement itself was not available for public review or comment. The agreement was intermittently leaked during that period.
Concerns were voiced in NZ that if signed and ratified in the form that was initially leaked, ACTA would effectively undercut the public consultation and domestic policy deliberation that had already occured in NZ on copyright issues. It would, some people believed, force New Zealand and other countries to throw out laws that have been developed through open democratic processes, in order to harmonise legislation with this secretly negotiated treaty.
In April 2010 at the PublicACTA event organised by the above coalition of organisations, the Wellington Declaration, was drafted. A petition on the Declaration received over 10,000 signatures from all over the world within the first few days. The Wellington Declaration was delivered to the New Zealand negotiators, who provided it to all the other negotiating countries. Following the Wellington negotiation round in April 2010 the text of ACTA was released publicly. This was the only time this occured during the ACTA negotiations.
ACTA was signed in October 2011 by Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, and the United States. No signatory has ratified (formally approved) the agreement, which would come into force after ratification by 6 countries. After entry into force, the treaty would only apply in those countries that ratified it.
In early 2012 there were substantial protests and petitions across Europe, encouraging individual governments, and the European Parliament to reject ACTA.
On July 4 2012 the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly against ACTA meaning the agreement will not be able to enter into force in the EU.
For more information on the history and recent events regarding ACTA, see the Wikipedia entry.
Many of the issues for which those involved in the PublicACTA campaign were concerned about are now emerging in the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement. The newly launched Fair Deal site provides more information.
The site is kindly hosted by Egressive.