Yesterday we learned that Bulgaria refused to ratify the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), and today we learn that the Dutch Parliament has concluded that it contains human rights violations. A majority of the Parliament have decided that the Netherlands will not ratify ACTA and will only change that position if some proof is presented that it doesn't violate basic human rights.
Professors Douwe Korff and Ian Brown examined ACTA’s compatibility with human rights and came to the following conclusion:
"Overall, ACTA tilts the balance of IPR protection manifestly unfairly towards one group of beneficiaries of the right to property, IP right holders, and unfairly against others.
It equally disproportionately interferes with a range of other fundamental rights, and provides or allows for the determination of such rights in procedures that fail to allow for the taking into account of the different, competing interests, but rather, stack all the weight at one end.
This makes the entire Agreement, in our opinion, incompatible with fundamental European human rights instruments and -standards."
The European Parliament is expected to vote on ACTA this summer, but the treaty requires that European Union member countries ratify the treaty as well. In the last month several have decided to either outright refuse or hold out until some changes are made. A number of countries have already ratified the treaty. Of course, this was before the public learned more about ACTA. The tide is turning against it on a daily basis…