ACTA: First EU Parliament Committee Opinion Says “Reject”

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The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, a treaty aimed at harmonizing global copyright enforcement, is now weaving its way through the various committees of the European Parliament. Its final vote could come as early as June 11th.

“The first committee to file a recommendation, the Industry, Research and Energy committee (ITRE), has just published their draft opinion on ACTA,” writes Pirate Party founder Rick Falkvinge this morning.

Crucially, the final point in the ITRE’s draft opinion advises the Committee on International Trade to withhold its consent to the agreement [ACTA].

The next step will see Amelia Andersdotter, the MEP responsible for the drafting of an opinion and presenting the issue to the committee, do so on April 24th. Andersdotter is the Member of European Parliament for the Swedish Pirate Party.

The vote on this stage will probably take place May 8th 2012.

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