Dutch refuse to ratify ACTA, no matter what EU parliament decides

Demands that it be "indisputably shown to be in line with the constitution"

The Dutch government has announced that it will refuse to ratify the ACTA treaty, even if the European Parliament decides to uphold it, "until it has been indisputably shown to be in line with the constitution."

The decision, reported by GamePolitics via Dutch News, is the first to openly defy the potential decision of the European Parliament, which will be reached on July 4.

So far, several committees have rejected the proposal, fearing that it is too open to interpretation and could become widely misused if passed into European law. The European Parliament is expected to to reject the bill.

ACTA covers not just IP infringement and digital copyright, but also physical counterfitting. For more details on the bill's contents, read Jas Purewal's piece on ACTA and SOPA, here.

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Latest comments (3)

Henrique Olifiers Gamer-In-Chief, Co-Founder, Bossa Studios5 years ago
Great decision by the Dutch. ACTA is an indecent and undemocratic process done behind our backs, aiming to give full power to companies and organisations that have proven time again unable to deal with such responsibility.

Copyright needs to be protected, yes, but NEVER at the expense of civil rights and liberties.
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Carl Crawford Studying Bachelor of Information Technology, Otago Polytehnic5 years ago
I agree with the Dutch
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Brian Smith Artist 5 years ago
Yeah to the Dutch. Maybe media coverage of this type of thing will help open up some eyes.
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