Freedom of the Internet Could Now Depend on EU Court’s Ruling on ACTA

EU trade commissioner Karel De Gucht (photo credit: thejournal.ie)

The European Commission asks the European Court of Justice for a legal assessment on the legitimacy of the controversial anti-piracy treaty

The amount of protests against ACTA (The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) – to which 22 EU countries, US, Japan and Canada have adhered so far – has reached unprecedented levels as people try to defend their freedom of expression on the Internet.

In this attempt, the rights campaigners have asked the European Union’s highest court to resolve whether the act respects “the EU’s fundamental rights and freedoms”.

Due to the protesters who took to the streets massively, some countries like Germany, Bulgaria and Denmark have withdrawn their support of the treaty.

Each state who has signed off the treaty can individually validate its terms but the importance of EU’s support for an implementation that complies with standards for copyright enforcement measures cannot be overlooked.

ACTA has been scheduled for debate in European Parliament in June.