Thursday, June 21, 2012

'#ACTA's death would resonate worldwide'

The International Trade Committee (INTA) of the European Parliament (EP) is set to adopt its opinion report on ACTA, ahead of the EP’s July 3 vote. RT discussed the controversial act with digital rights expert Jeremie Zimmermann.

It is unclear whether INTA will endorse the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) or denounce it, as did three other committees of the European Parliament. It will become the fourth and final committee to deliver its report on the moot legislation, and will likely affect the EP’s vote.

Pro-ACTA politicians have been making their last-ditch effort to get the committee to approve the legislation. Karel de Gucht, the European Commission’s trade representative, spoke to INTA in an effort to persuade it to produce a favorable report. He is also opposed to holding a vote on the act until after the European Court of Justice (ECJ) delivers its verdict on the legality of the agreement.

Jeremie Zimmermann, co-founder and spokesperson of the citizen advocacy group La Quadrature du Net told RT that INTA was also likely to recommend that the vote be delayed. more

Via twitter   Zimmermann to RT