Tag Archives: intellectual property rights

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 …

Posted in News and Op-eds | Also tagged and | 3 Comments



Recent Comments

  • User AvatarMartin Pierce 21st Aug - 10:57am
    I haven't got a strong view about Scottish independence, other than that as a liberal I believe in self-determination and so if the will of...
  • User AvatarStephen Campbell 21st Aug - 10:25am
    Wow. That last paragraph truly is nothing more than an effort to bully/intimidate people into silence. Truly, in so many ways, the people at the...
  • User AvatarJo Shaw 21st Aug - 10:20am
    Of course the defence to an action for libel is that the statements are true. I look forward to any libel action therefore as the...
  • User AvatarSeth 21st Aug - 10:17am
    Bullying and intimidation of the very worst kind. So much for the part of the party constitution's preamble which pledges "We will at all times...
  • User AvatarEduardo Reyes 21st Aug - 10:12am
    The puzzling thing for me in all this is that the party's leadership, and people advising Lord Rennard, think that elaborate legal process is the...
  • User AvatarDenis 21st Aug - 10:09am
    Having spent a large chunk of my life helping to address the appalling situation created by the battling nationalisms within Ireland (now hopefully at last...