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Finland postpones approval of ACTA treaty -- Helsingin Sanomat - International Edition - Foreign -
2012-03-12 19:14:43 GMT
"Finland is postponing its approval of the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). The government’s EU ministerial committee decided on Friday that Finland cannot endorse the treaty until the European Union itself is committed to it. The European Commission decided in February to bring the treaty before the EU Court to get a ruling on whether or not the agreement is compatible with freedom of speech and freedom of the internet. The process is expected to last between a year and a year and a half. Opponents of the ACTA treaty see it as a threat to freedom of speech, saying that it gives authorities excessive scope to interfere with the activities of individual internet users. Meanwhile, defenders of the treaty say that it is essential for fighting copyright violations and piracy. Anti-ACTA protests have been held around Europe. Germany, Poland, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Latvia, Estonia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, and The Netherlands have all refused to sign the treaty, because the countries feel that it endangers freedom of speech and the protection of privacy."
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