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

Newton Dunn: Customs authorities must be allowed to fight back against counterfeiting

Bill Newton-Dunn MEPLiberal Democrat MEP Bill Newton Dunn has criticised an alliance of Labour, Green and UKIP MEPs that voted against more effective custom checks to enforce intellectual property rights (IPR) and protect customers from potentially dangerous counterfeit products.

A majority of MEPs in the European Parliament voted today in favour of improved intellectual property protection by giving greater powers to EU customs authorities to detain and possibly destroy goods which potentially infringe upon IPRs.

Mr Newton Dunn, who has worked extensively on combating potentially dangerous counterfeit products, commented after the vote: Continue reading