The once highly secretive authors of the Anti Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) have decided to release their findings to the public.
The practically masonic group of self-interested industry insiders and tame politicians, which has come under constant fire for its lack of transparency and openness, has finally decided that the public which would be affected by its workings should get in on the act.
"Negotiations have now advanced to a point where making a draft text available to the public will help the process of reaching a final agreement." said a statement from the organisation. "For that reason, and based on the specific momentum coming out of this meeting, participants have reached unanimous agreement that the time is right for making available to the public the consolidated text coming out of these discussions, which will reflect the substantial progress made..."
The draft document will be released on April 21st but will not contain details about secret trade negotiations.
It will contain a promise that controversial powers to search luggage and computing devices at border crossings will not be included in any subsequent legislation based on the agreement.
It will also rule out the possibility of draconian counter-piracy measures aimed at P2P file sharers.
"While the participants recognise the importance of responding effectively to the challenge of Internet piracy," the statement says, "they confirmed that no participant is proposing to require governments to mandate a ‘graduated response’ or ‘three strikes’ approach to copyright infringement on the Internet."