Last week, in discussing the lack of transparency in the Obama administration, I referred to the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and noted, “If ever the text of an agreement needed to be leaked, this is one of those times.” Coincidentally, Knowledge Ecology International now reports that they have obtained a copy of the August 25 consolidated text which reflects changes made during the DC round of discussions. A transcribed version of document is available on their site at http://keionline.org/sites/default/files/acta_aug25_dc.pdf.
While there is maximum consensus in Chapters 3, 4, 5 and 6, numerous bracketed portions remain in every section of the enforcement chapter, and issues pertaining to scope are still highly significant. Note also the addition of a Preamble to the agreement. Parties are reportedly aiming to conclude text-based negotiations this month during a round of talks in Tokyo at the end of September.
You can find more information about ACTA on EFF’s site.
Update: See Michael Geist’s comments here.