Bulgaria Will Not Act on ACTA Without EU Consensus

February 14, 2012 -

Like flies drowning in a summer cooler left to thaw in the August heat, countries that once considered the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) a grand idea worth supporting are walking away from it. The latest country to step back from ACTA is Bulgaria, according to Forbes. Recently, Germany said that it would hold off on ratifying the "executive agreement" signed by our president. Adding to that anti-ACTA sentiment that seems to be growing this week was the president of the European Parliament, who expressed public disdain for it on German television.

Joining the chorus of voices that have doubts about ACTA, Bulgaria's Economy and Energy Minister Traicho Traikov said that his government will wait for a clearer stance from the EU, adding that he sees some issues with the idea of regulating an industry for the sake of protecting another industry.

"I’m a pessimist when it comes to regulating an industry, which hasn’t adapted to the digital age, through sanctions rather than market means," he told reporters in Sofia today. "Authors’ copyrights should not be placed above human rights."

Protests in Bulgaria and in other countries throughout Europe on February 11 certainly helped Bulgaria make up its mind not to make up its mind yet on ACTA.

"We see a radical change in the attitude to this agreement in the EU," Traikov said. "There’s lack of unanimity. Bulgaria won’t take any action in regard to implementing ACTA, including ratification, until there is a unified position of all EU states."

This leaves ACTA as it should be left, particularly when it doesn't have the support of the citizens of the world on which it would inevitably thrust a yoke upon.

Source: Forbes

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