The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is slowly inching its way towards implementation, but obstacles still remain. Now that the signing window for ACTA has been open for a while, let’s take a quick look at which countries have actually signed the agreement: United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, and South Korea.
Sounds like a pretty impressive roster. Should go deep into the playoffs.
But not so fast. It looks like the US Congress is not too happy with the idea of the executive entering into a binding international agreement pertaining to intellectual property. As a reminder, the Constitution gives power over IP to the Legislature: “To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.”