Australia’s creative industries and iconic brands will soon have greater
protection against counterfeiting and piracy following international
agreement on a new global standard for intellectual property enforcement.
It follows the conclusion overnight of three years of negotiations on a new
Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).
Trade Minister Craig Emerson said the ACTA would create a more secure
trading environment for Australia’s knowledge economy by strengthening the
enforcement of intellectual property rights in foreign markets.
"This is good news for our film and music industries, our computer
programmers and authors and for the protection of famous Australian
brands," he said.
Dr Emerson said Australia would not be required to change existing domestic
laws in order to implement the ACTA.
"Australia already has rigorous enforcement standards – we want to see
those same high standards adopted by other countries for the benefit of our
knowledge-intensive exporters," he said.
"There are many countries where intellectual property enforcement
standards could be improved."
"Progress on the ACTA also sends a positive signal on the outlook for
trade cooperation at the multilateral level."
The Gillard Government will make a final decision on ratifying the ACTA
treaty after it is examined by the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties
ACTA has been negotiated by 37 countries: Australia, Canada, the European
Union (representing 27 European Union Member States), Japan, the Republic
of Korea, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland and the
The text of the agreement is available at
www.dfat.gov.au/trade/acta/. Details of a continuing program of
consultations by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade are listed on
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