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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 AvatarConor McGovern 23rd Jul - 9:54pm
    Gordon, the question is if industry thrives, will people necessarily?
  • User AvatarGordon 23rd Jul - 9:39pm
    In my first comment on this thread I said there are many strands to the problem Edwin raises so let me pull at one of...
  • User AvatarMick Taylor 23rd Jul - 8:53pm
    Actually Germany and many other countries have a threshold (often 5%) below which you cannot get seats when they use PR. The system favoured by...
  • User AvatarDavid Warren 23rd Jul - 8:38pm
    Congratulations and good luck.
  • User AvatarDevon Lib Dem 23rd Jul - 8:32pm
    Good results, again, and hopefully we have started to regain our local mojo. However, I am concerned about the propensity of local lib dem campaigns...
  • User AvatarSimon Banks 23rd Jul - 8:29pm
    First I've heard of that Forum, though I'm pleased to say our local party, which could have been near to collapse if the new member...
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