[EuObserver] Commission set for fresh collision course over Acta copy-cat clauses
The European Commission is set for another intellectual property rights clash with MEPs, after leaked documents revealed that proposals from the rejected counterfeit treaty Acta had been included in a draft trade agreement between the EU and Canada. [...]
Jérémie Zimmerman, co-founder of the internet campaign group La Quadrature du Net, issued a statement calling on the trade agreement to be scrapped if it contained provisions from the axed treaty. Describing Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht as "the copyright lobbies' lapdog", Zimmerman added that "CETA literally contains the worst of Acta".
Acta was rejected by MEPs in Strasbourg last Wednesday (July 4) by an overwhelming 478 to 39 majority, with MEPs insisting that any attempts to revive it without full re-negotiation would be blocked. [...]