The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is a plurilateral agreement which proposes international standards for enforcement of intellectual property rights. The Agreement, negotiated by a handful of countries1 in coordination with certain parts of industry, is controversial in both process and substance. If ratified, it will have major implications for freedom of expression, access to culture and privacy, it will harm international trade and stifle innovation.

The European Parliament now has to take responsibility and vote “no” on ACTA in the upcoming “consent” procedure. The ratification process of ACTA is also starting on a national level in the various Member States. Since many politicians and citizens are not yet aware of ACTA’s serious implications, Access Now, TACD and EDRi have put together a booklet to highlight the most important issues. It has been translated into several different languages: