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Catherine Bearder MEP writes… Lib Dem MEPs kill ACTA

After careful consideration, Lib Dem MEPs have decided to reject the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) in the European Parliament. There is now a majority in the Parliament that will reject the ratification of this plurilateral treaty originally designed to establish international standards for intellectual property rights.

So why do we reject ACTA?

In principle, Lib Dems support the protection of intellectual property rights (IPR) and the fight against counterfeiting – in particular when it comes to dangerous counterfeit medicines, electronics and toys. But we are also champions of fundamental rights and freedoms and we must weigh up carefully between the need to …

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  • User AvatarPaul Walter 21st Apr - 7:25am
    Er. I think we need to take the lead from the centre on targeting, gents. Please don't confuse the membership. We have to be pretty...
  • User AvatarPhilip Thomas 21st Apr - 7:09am
    OK. On that argument, we need STV as soon as possible so as to confine the anti-human rights wing of the Tory party to its...
  • User AvatarTCO 21st Apr - 7:03am
    @Philip you make the common mistake of assuming that post STV Tories will be the same as pre STV. FPTP encourages very broad coalitions between...
  • User AvatarBill le Breton 21st Apr - 6:58am
    This is sentimental nonsense. Mobile resources MUST go to the most marginal seats. Of course the Centre has the canvas returns from its target seats...
  • User AvatarPhilip Thomas 21st Apr - 6:00am
    About 33% of the electorate votes for the Tories. Even under STV, that is a lot of seats. It needs to be at least plausible...
  • User AvatarPhilip Thomas 21st Apr - 5:08am
    @Michael BG Well, if support for giving the vote to more and more people is a mark of a Liberal, my belief in extending the...
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