CETA (Canada-EU Trade Agreement) is a far-reaching trade agreement in negotiation since 2009 between Canada and the European Union. In October 2013 an “agreement in principle” was reached and it is currently in a process of ratification.
Only a few days after the rejection by the European Parliament of ACTA, leaks of the CETA’s chapter dedicated to the protection of intellectual property were published, which echoes word for word the worst parts of ACTA, as criminal sanctions and repressive copyright clauses. Also, most analysts see in CETA a rewriting of the OMPI and APIC (OMC) treaties.
Once again, this time through CETA, the European Commission is trying to bypass the democratic process in order to impose repressive measures already rejected by citizens and the European Parliament. Like ACTA, CETA is a major threat to freedom of online expression and creates legal uncertainty for Internet actors.
- Official version of the consolidated text
- Leaked version of the consolidated text
- Leaked document of December 2013 draft of CETA Intellectual Property Rights Chapter (FFII’s analysis)
- Leaked document of October 2013 draft of CETA Regulatory Cooperation Chapter
- Leaked document of November 2013 draft of CETA Dispute Settlement
- Leaked document November 2013 draft investment text
- February 2012 leaks of chapter dedicated to the protection of intellectual property
- Comparison ACTA-CETA (source: Michael Geist)
- CETA February 2012 leaks
- CETA January 2011 leaks
- CETA January 2010 leaks
- Steve Verheul’s question and answer session, on the state of the negotiations, at the House of Communs, Tuesday, June 19, 2012
- See also our wiki on CETA for more documents
- Jeremy De Beer
- Michael Geist
- Le Conseil des canadiens