[A2k] AP: Opponents of ACTA anti-counterfeiting treaty present petition with 2 million names to EU

Thirukumaran Balasubramaniam thiru at keionline.org
Tue Feb 28 23:54:40 PST 2012


http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/opponents-of-acta-anti-counterfeiting-treaty-present-petition-with-2-million-names-to-eu/2012/02/28/gIQAmHCsfR_story.html


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Opponents of ACTA anti-counterfeiting treaty present petition with 2 million names to EU


By Associated Press, Published: February 28

BRUSSELS — Activists handed the European Parliament an Internet petition Tuesday bearing more than 2 million names and arguing against ratification of a proposed anti-counterfeiting treaty on the grounds it would destroy Internet freedom.

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But David Martin, the member charged with shepherding the treaty through the European Parliament, said Tuesday he thought there were serious problems with what he called the vagueness of the text.

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In any event, the effort to have the European Union ratify the treaty has for the time being come to a screeching halt. EU passage would require ratification by each of the 27 member countries.

As opposition to the treaty grew in some countries recently, the European Commission, the EU’s executive branch, suspended efforts to get the treaty ratified and decided to send the text instead to the European Court of Justice to see whether the agreement would violate any fundamental EU rights.

Martin said the Parliament might send its own questions to the court, as well. He and other observers said they expected the court’s assessment to take a year or more to complete.

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Don Melvin can be reached at http://twitter.com/Don_Melvin


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