Countries OK Final Issues in Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement

The U.S., European Union, Japan and other nations resolved the final few issues for an international accord aimed at preventing counterfeiting worldwide, the U.S. Trade Representative’s office said. The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, which would set joint rules for cracking down on the pirating of copyrighted materials, had drawn criticism from companies such as Google Inc., which objected to efforts to export some provisions of copyright law without offsetting protections for the fair use of protected books, music or movies.