26 March 2010
IFLA Issues Position Statement on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)
IFLA and its members are gravely concerned by the extreme secrecy surrounding the ACTA negotiations and the complete lack of transparency related to ACTA's procedures, provisions, and priorities, which is unprecedented for a global-norm setting activity among democratic nations. The issues involved have many facets and should be discussed in an open and fair manner at WIPO, the appropriate forum for such topics.
On behalf of IFLA, the Copyright and other Legal Matters (CLM) Committee has issued a statement expressing its concern about the ongoing negotiations for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). The statement points out IFLA's specific concerns about the lack of transparency in the negotiations, and requests that ACTA's provisions be disclosed and that its negotiation process be openly conducted within WIPO.