ACTA in Mexico


Rosa Elena Nuria Becerril Cortes

Mexican newspapers recently reported on the first of a series of public hearings arranged by the Mexican Senate to analyse all aspects of ACTA in order to assess Mexico’s subscription to this treaty.

So far, there has been no clear justification for Mexico to enter ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement).

Counterfeiting is a very complex subject. However, the bottom line is that counterfeiting involves a violation of intellectual property rights. The ACTA treaty is also complex. ACTA is a multinational agreement created to improve the legal framework to defend large-scale intellectual property rights against counterfeiting of goods and copyright violation in the context of Internet distribution.

The definitive draft document has been available on the Internet since December 2010. However, this agreement is controversial since the negotiations took place in secret, and after three years, the discussion has been brought to the Senate for evaluation.

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