We've been following the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement for over three years, from its secretive beginnings
, to the controversy and debate that followed, and to the document it eventually evolved into
. Now, Japan has announced that the agreement will finally be signed on Saturday
during a ceremony
that follows an anti-piracy symposium on Friday.
"The negotiation has been carried out among Australia, Canada, the European Union and its Member States, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, and the United States, and reached a general agreement at the negotiation meeting held in Japan in October 2010, followed by the completion of technical and translation work in April 2011. ... The signing ceremony will be attended by the representatives of all the participants in the ACTA negotiations, and those that have completed relevant domestic processes will sign the agreement. The agreement is open for signature until May 1, 2013."