ACTA on Shaky Ground as EU Refers Copyright Law to European Court of Justice

By Gary Cutlack on at

The controversial Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement appears to have run into stiff resistance within the European Parliament, with the EU's head of trade Karel De Gucht referring the scheme to the European Court of Justice to assess whether it's actually legal to implement across Europe.

This news comes via a statement from De Gucht, in which he says: "We are planning to ask Europe’s highest court to assess whether ACTA is incompatible - in any way - with the EU's fundamental rights and freedoms, such as freedom of expression and information or data protection and the right to property in case of intellectual property."

It does sound worryingly like De Gucht is only really looking for some sort of rubber stamp of approval from the ECJ, though, as his statement then turns into a bit of a party political broadcast on behalf of ACTA, running through the hotly-contested claims that ACTA won't "censor websites" or "hinder freedom of the internet or freedom of speech."

But if by some chance ACTA doesn't get through the EU voting process, it'll pretty much be dead in the water -- as what's the point in a supposedly global copyright system that misses out a huge chunk of the planet? [EU via Techradar]

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