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EU Anti-Piracy Act Under Fire

BRUSSELS, Feb. 13 (UPI) — The president of the European Parliament has joined in the criticism of Europe’s controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.

“I don’t find it good in its current form,” Martin Schulz said in an interview with German television.

His comments came after protests against the agreement in various countries, including Germany, Poland and Britain.

The balance between copyright protection and the individual rights of Internet users “is only very inadequately anchored in this agreement,” Schulz said.

The agreement has been compared to the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act in the United States that was derailed by intense Internet protests.

The Parliament is set to debate the agreement, signed by 22 EU member states so far, in June.

Germany has delayed its signing of the agreement, calling for “further discussion.”

Schulz’s comments are a signal the agreement is in “real political trouble,” Loz Kaye, leader of the Pirate Party UK, said.

“It’s becoming clear that European citizens are very concerned about this agreement,” he told the BBC. “It’s hard to find anyone who is standing up for it right now.”

 

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