Thank you for your e-mail regarding the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). I share your concerns about this agreement. ACTA is indeed very problematic and bears many risks. I will therefore vote against it in the European Parliament.
Dear Sir / Madam,
Thank you for your email on the subject of rejection of the ACTA agreement (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement).
Personally, I think that the agreement, in its present form, can not be adopted by the European Parliament, because first we have to clarify the part concerning the Internet issues, in particular the problem of copyright protection. For this reason, on 4th of July I will vote against the ACTA agreement during the Plenary Session.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I will certainly vote against ACTA during this plenary session in Strasbourg.
With best regards,
Thank you very much for your consistent effort and attention to ACTA.
As a member of GUE/NGL, I consider ACTA as a wrong way to deal with challenges and problems regarding Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). Nowadays, it is undoubtedly important to prevent counterfeiting and to preserve the interests of artists and the creative sector in a digital environment. However, ACTA does not provide right answers, and in my view was never intended to do so. From the beginning of the negotiations on ACTA, large corporations from film, music and software industry were very involved in it and were striving to establish an agreement designed to enforce their commercial interests.