Bearder: MEPs overwhelmingly reject ACTA

Catherine Bearder MEP - South East EnglandThe European Parliament today rejected the controversial Anti Counterfeiting Agreement (ACTA) with an overwhelming majority.

ACTA was aimed at protecting copyright measures across EU member states, as well as USA and Japan. However, major developing countries and counterfeit centres such as India and China did not take part in the agreement.

Civil rights campaigners also attacked ACTA because they believed it strangled online freedoms.

UK Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder, the party’s spokesperson on international trade in the European Parliament, commented after the vote: Continue reading