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ACTA loses the support of more countries

Bulgaria and the Netherlands say ‘never’
Thu Feb 16 2012, 11:40

ENTERTAINMENT CARTEL DARLING ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, continues to lose political support in Europe.

ACTA, the treaty that will let the entertainment industries dictate the legislative and punitive environment for dealing with so-called 'piracy', is losing support as it gets closer to ratification. Several countries have already backed away from approving it, and now they have been joined by Bulgaria and the Netherlands.

Germany has already expressed its concerns, as have a number of other countries including the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Poland has signed it, but is confused about why. That country, like many others in Europe, has recently been the scene of large public protests in opposition to ACTA.

Bulgarian Economy minister Traicho Traikov told reporters this week that he wanted to stop his country from signing the agreement.

"I will table a proposal to the Council of Ministers to stop the procedure of Bulgaria's signing the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement", he said, according to a report at the Guardian.

The Netherlands' Green Left Party is expressing opposition to ACTA in that country, and Radio Netherlands Worldwide is reporting that it has proposed that signing be delayed until some questions about personal privacy can be answered. µ


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