Thursday, April 12, 2012

EU Rapporteur Deals Major Blow To ACTA: Recommends Rejection By European Parliament

At the end of a morning of discussions about ACTA organized by the Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, the Rapporteur for ACTA, David Martin, has recommended that the European Parliament should reject the treaty, saying:

"in the end I think the hopes of ACTA are outweighed by the fears; my recommendation is that we reject ACTA"
His view was echoed by both the President of the Socialists & Democrats in the European Parliament, Johannes Swoboda, and by Sergei Stanishev, Interim President of the Party of European Socialists, who said:
"The attempt to tackle infringement of intellectual property rights on the internet was done in a very short sighted way. This is a serious subject that needs to be dealt with, however ACTA is not the right place, ACTA is not the right tool and this is not the right way to deal with this issue". The PES President called on the European Parliament to vote down the agreement at its plenary session in June.
This makes it practically certain that the left-wing bloc will vote against ratifying ACTA this summer. The question now becomes whether enough politicians in the other parties will decide to do the same. If they do, and ACTA is rejected by the European Union, it will lose much of its force as a global treaty.

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