Three Key EU Committees Vote Against ACTA

If the early votes in the European Parliament related to the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) are any indication, the controversial treaty will not survive a final vote later this year. Three key European Union committees have voted against ACTA: the Committee on Legal Affairs (Juri), Committee on Civil Liberties (LIBE) and the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE). All three committees expressed "opinions against Acta," according to the BBC.

The votes in these committees will be taken into consideration by the International Trade Committee (Inta) as it gets ready to make its formal recommendation to the European Parliament. Inta's appointed rapporteur on Acta, David Martin, has already strongly condemned the treaty.

The only country in Europe that seems to be strongly and publicly supporting ACTA at this point is the United Kingdom.

"The UK supports the aims of Acta and continues to support a global co-ordinated approach to intellectual property enforcement," said the government's Intellectual Property Office in a statement. "We are watching the developments at the European Parliament carefully and respect whatever decision they make regarding Acta."

A full vote in the European Parliament is expected later this year.

Source: BBC

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