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Germany might give ACTA the boot

Likely won't sign the treaty
Fri Feb 10 2012, 15:26

EUROPEAN HEAVYWEIGHT Germany might not ratify the draconian Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).

A report at an Armenian news web site cites sources close to the matter who claim that ministers have gone cold, despite early suggestions that they would sign. Details are light.

Another report from late yesterday at Der Spiegel quotes the German justice minister as having reservations. "It is good that the public debate about Acta, both on and offline so committed is done," said Justice Minister Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger. "The EU must now decide whether it needs Acta and wants [it]."

Protests against ACTA are planned for this Saturday but a campaign opposing it has been running for some time now. In recent weeks the hacktivist group Anonymous has been lending its voice to the campaign, and today it took some credit for the apparent shift of government opinion in Germany.

The live map of ACTA protests has a decent number of pins stuck in Germany, so it is possible that the German government might make an announcement that it will reject ACTA before too long. µ


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