Support for ACTA by business and labor organisations representing thousands of companies of all sizes and millions of workers in dozens of sectors:

ACTA: Why you should support it

28 organizations representing Europe’s business and IP community have released a brief report on ACTA: Why you should support it. The paper oulines the strengths of the treaty and its benefits for Europe. It clarifies the policy intent of ACTA and explains how ACTA will help to better protect European creators and innovators, and boost European competitiveness and growth. English | German | Spanish | Swedish | Bulgarian | Italian

Europe-wide business and labor endorsement for ACTA

130+ European business and labor organisations representing thousands of companies of all sizes and millions of workers in dozens of sectors have conveyed their support through this open letter.

Dispelling the myths - an analysis of the legal framework of ACTA

BASCAP and INTA released an ACTA in the EU: A practical analysis of the function and legal framework of ACTA. The report describes the benefits of ACTA for improving trade in the EU’s innovative, cultural and branded goods; establishes a factual review; examines the need to address large-scale counterfeiting and piracy; and provides an overview of the function and legal framework of ACTA.

This analysis by BASCAP and INTA provides a fact-based assessment of ACTA, describing the gains it will bring for international trade in the EU’s innovative, cultural and branded goods. It underlines the need to tackle large-scale counterfeiting and piracy, and provides an overview of what ACTA is and what it does. The paper concludes that ACTA helps to modernise and level the global playing field for IPR enforcement, in line with existing EU law and upholding the EU’s respect for fundamental rights and freedoms.

Economic stimulus: €50 billion in growth and 960,000 new jobs

ACTA, in the EU: Assessment of Potential Export, Economic and Employment Gains. The study was released June 4, 2012 and was conducted by the international economic research firm, Frontier Economics. It concludes that the EU can expect to see increased trade to the ACTA signatories, and that this increase in exports will lead to an increase of up to €19 billion in the EU economy. If ACTA can be expanded beyond the initial group of signatory countries, including the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China), the value to the EU country will be significantly greater. The increase in exports to the BRIC countries alone that could be expected with greater intellectual property (IP) protection under ACTA could increase EU growth by a further €23 billion. With stronger enforcement of IP rights in countries where counterfeit products are rife (i.e. China), EU Gross Value Added could increase by a further €8 billion.

Full acceptance of ACTA by the current signatories, including the EU, and working to extend ACTA membership to BRIC economies could boost European output by a total of €50 billion, and create as many as 960,000 new jobs.

  • ACTA is an international treaty to fight counterfeiting and piracy - a global problem that impacts virtually every product category in every sector worldwide. Millions of fake products are being produced and shipped to world markets at increasingly alarming rates. Millions of consumers are now at risk due to these unsafe and ineffective products and governments, businesses and society are being robbed of hundreds of billions in tax revenues, business income and jobs.
  • The EU has recognized the gravity of this problem and has established a strong set a laws to combat counterfeiting and piracy. In addition, the EU has invested significant resources to protect its borders against counterfeiting and to prevent pirates from abusing the Internet for illegal sales of fakes to unsuspecting consumers.
  • ACTA complements the EU's anti-counterfeiting efforts by exporting the EU's higher standards to other countries - helping build a stronger, more effective global shield against this trans-national problem.
  • ACTA negotiating parties, along with developed and developing countries worldwide, are looking to the EU for leadership.
  • Government efforts to stabilize the economy and stimulate economic growth, trade and employment must include the critical and pervasive role that intellectual property (IP) protection plays in driving, innovation, development and jobs. Efforts to strengthen IP enforcement regimes should therefore not be considered costs, but rather investments that pay tangible dividends to economic development and society. Now is the time to increase, not decrease, the commitment to stopping the illegal trade in counterfeits and piracy.
  • Effective intellectual property protection and enforcement are essential to fostering creativity and innovation, creating jobs and increasing cultural diversity. They are also vital to promoting technological advances, enhancing the rule of law, and boosting legal trade in products and services protected by intellectual property laws.

ACTA will advance these vital goals by improving enforcement against counterfeiting and piracy, and by increasing cooperative efforts to tackle these global problems, which have significant negative impacts on the world and European economies, legitimate businesses and the public’s health and safety.

ACTA will help to:

  • protect European creators and innovators
  • create and preserve millions of European jobs
  • spur European economic recovery, competitiveness and growth
  • provide significant benefits for European citizens beyond the existing international framework
  • foster international trade, development and the rule of law
  • promote innovation, creativity, technological advancement and investment
  • give European creators and export businesses of every size the confidence to promote their products without the fear of widespread counterfeiting and piracy
  • encourage businesses to take risks and to attract investment for the development of new products and services
  • protect the health and safety of European consumers