Monday, 25 June 2012

European parliamentary committee rejects ACTA

The International Trade Committee (INTA) of the European Parliament last Thursday recommended rejection of the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). Although EU ministers have signed up to ACTA, the European Parliament has the power to prevent it becoming binding on the EU. As a result of the strong recommendation of INTA, this seems likely to be the outcome.

What is worrying is that the UK government was one of the signatories in Tokyo in January, even though Liberal Democrats clearly expressed their opposition to such sweeping and ambiguous legislation when the fag-end Labour government pushed through the Digital Economy Act.

Update 2012-07-04: the Parliament did duly follow INTA's recommendation. More detail here.

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