European parliament advised to reject global anti-piracy agreement

21 Jun

Originally posted on Gigaom:

The European Parliament has been advised to reject a controversial new global anti-piracy trade agreement.

Parliament’s influential international trade committee on Thursday voted 19-12 against merely deferring its decision on adopting the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) until the  European Court of Justice has decided whether it would violate the EC’s fundamental freedoms.

The vote means parliament is more likely to adopt the committee’s view against ACTA in its July 4 plenary meeting, regardless of whether the court rules it lawful or not.

There is a growing realisation that, in the online age, digital piracy, physical counterfitting and patent abuse can best be tackled through global consensus on intellectual property legislation. But digital liberties activists have mobilised a campaign against ACTA, citing “secret” inter-country negotiations over how digital piracy must be handled.

The agreement was signed in October 2011 by Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the…

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