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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 AvatarAl 25th Jul - 4:13pm
    The F word here is Fantasy. Federalism is not on the ballot paper in September because the Lib Dem leadership threw away the opportunity offered...
  • User AvatarCharles Rothwell 25th Jul - 4:00pm
    This is a perennial bug-bear of mine and has been for over forty years (i.e. since I was at school!) The "advice" we received from...
  • User AvatarTony Dawson 25th Jul - 3:59pm
    Ah me. It is the best part of thirty years since I wrote all the literature for a winning by-election in this constituency. Well done,...
  • User AvatarCharles Rothwell 25th Jul - 3:59pm
    This is a perennial bug-bear of mine and has been for over forty years (i.e. since I was at school!) The "advice" we received from...
  • User AvatarAnne 25th Jul - 3:51pm
    Yet in my supposedly prosperous area of South Wales a Food Bank has opened. I expect the millionaires round here have done very well.
  • User AvatarRaddiy 25th Jul - 3:50pm
    @ T-J This is where the debate falls down, when the talk is about devolution for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland we talk about what...