ACTA Transparency Scorecard

By Michael Geist 2/28/10

With the recent leak of a Dutch government document revealing the positions on ACTA transparency of many of the negotiating partners, it is worth taking stock of the current positions on the issue:

Country Position on ACTA Transparency
Australia Support
Canada Support
Japan Support
New Zealand Support
Singapore Oppose
South Korea Oppose
United States Neutral (but indication that oppose)
European Commission Oppose (fear it would set precedent for other trade talks)
Austria Support
Belgium Oppose
Denmark Oppose
Estonia Support
Finland Support
France Support (but fear U.S. retaliation)
Germany Oppose
Hungary Support
Ireland Support
Italy Support (but fear U.S. retaliation)
Netherlands Support
Poland Support
Portugal Oppose
Sweden Support
United Kingdom Support

Remaining European Union countries with positions unknown: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain.

Remaining ACTA countries with positions unknown: Mexico, Morocco, Switzerland.


Michael Geist

Dr. Michael Geist is a law professor at the University of Ottawa where he holds the Canada Research Chair of Internet and E-commerce Law. as written numerous academic articles and government reports on the Internet and law and is a columnist on technology law issues

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