Canada supports unveiling the text of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to the public, an anonymous official told Embassy this week. “Canada supports the release of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement text at the earliest possible opportunity,” an anonymous official from Trade Minister Peter Van Loan’s office told the newspaper in an email. “Canada cannot release the negotiating text until there is consensus to do so among the partners.” Paties to the ACTA, including Canada, have been in closed-door negotiations since 2007, and recent leaks suggest the agreement will encourage the adoption of strict Internet copyright rules. Michael Geist, law professor at the University of Ottawa and Canada research chair in Internet and e-commerce law, wrote in a blog post Friday that the European Commission also favours releasing the text, but that the remaining barriers to opening the text are the United States, South Korea and Singapore. Embassy also reported that the Canadian government is preparing to table copyright legislation in Parliament.