AAPL Stock: 110.38 ( + 0.8 )

Printed from

Germany freezes ACTA signing over concerns

updated 11:45 am EST, Fri February 10, 2012

Germany to wait for EU decision on ACTA

Germany is holding off on joining 22 other EU member states in signing the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), Spiegel Online reported. It has changed its mind, as it previously said it would join. The failure of Germany, Europe's largest economic contributor, to sign the agreement is a huge stumbling block. The powers-that-be in German are said to be holding off on a decision until the EU Parliament makes its own decision in the matter.

That vote is scheduled for June. While ACTA is supported by many countries, including most of Europe and Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, and the US, it is controversial and met with many protests. The arguments against it include that it will restrict access to medicines, limit freedom of expression, and damage culture and knowledge. These protesters and many others see ACTA as little more than a glorified copyright law.

Many are concerned that the agreement would virtually mandate laws similar to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) in signing states as well as otherwise bring rules lobbied for by American music and movie studios to the rest of the world without citizens' consent. [via TechDirt]

by MacNN Staff





Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.


Network Headlines

Follow us on Facebook


Most Popular


Recent Reviews

Polk Hinge Wireless headphones

Polk, a company well-established in the audio market, recently released a new set of headphones aimed at the lifestyle market. The Hin ...

Blue Yeti Studio

Despite being very familiar with Blue Microphones' lower-end products -- we've long recommended the company's Snowball line of mics ...

ZTE Spro 2 Smart Projector

Home theaters are becoming more and more accessible these days, but maybe you've been a bit wary about buying a home projector. And h ...


Most Commented