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ACTA Up!

The World Intellectual Property Organization is in a furor over a scandal involving Director General Kamil Idris' alleged misrepresentation of his age in official documents and subsequent calls for him to step down.

The World Trade Organization is stuck in the Doha round of trade negotiations.  Still. 

But that hasn't kept a group of major global trading partners, including the US, the EU, Canada, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, and Switzerland, from announcing plans to create an Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.  ACTA will focus on three areas:  1) international cooperation, (2) enforcement practices, and (3) a strong legal framework for IP enforcement. 

Reading between the lines?  Call it the Anti-China Trade Alliance.

For more information and commentary, here are the US press release, the EU press release, a skeptical opponent, and a pessimistic sympathizer.