Acta criticised by European Parliament president

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (Acta) has been criticised by Martin Schulz, the president of the European Parliament.

Schulz told German TV that the balance between protecting copyright and the rights of individual internet users is not sufficient. “I don’t find it good in its current form,” he said. The European Parliament will debate Acta in June. So far, 22 EU nations have signed the agreement.

The controversial treaty aims to establish international standards for intellectual property rights enforcement but mass protests have taken place across Europe by those who oppose it. Critics claim the agreement will lead to censorship of the internet and prevent the freedom to download movies and music for free.

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