European Parliament President Criticizes ACTA
from the so-now-what... dept
We wrote about the mass protests against ACTA over the weekend, but the open question is whether or not they did any good. At the very least, it appears to be waking up more politicians to the problems with ACTA. European Parliament president Martin Schulz has finally made a statement on the matter saying, “I don’t find it good in its current form.” This is important, because the key thing that matters in terms of getting ACTA ratified in the EU is how the EU Parliament votes.
Of course, Schulz’s choice of words is unfortunate, because it implies (incorrectly) that ACTA is still in the negotiation process and there may be another “form.” That’s not the case. This is the final version of the document, which has been around for about a year already. Perhaps he should have spoken up earlier… Still, hopefully these protests and comments from folks like Schulz will make other MEPs recognizes that voting for ACTA would be a mistake. It’s all up to them at this point.