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The European Parliament refuses to ratify the Anti-Counterfeiting

The European Parliament voted against the ratification of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) stiffer penalties for violating copyright, told RIA Novosti a Parliament spokesman.

Previously, the European Commission had asked the highest court of the European Union to decide on the conformity of the agreement in question to EU documents, including the principles of the European Charter of Fundamental Rights.

For the Anti-Counterfeiting Agreement, signed in late January by 22 member countries of the EU comes into force, it must be ratified by Parliament and all signatory countries before being finally approved by the Council EU. The document aims to toughen control over observance of copyright in Europe on the Internet and digital technology market.

Faced with a wave of street protests and attacks becoming more frequent sites of hackers against public institutions, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Germany have postponed ratification of ACTA.

In February, protest actions against the agreement took place in Germany, Austria, Finland, France, Slovakia and Bulgaria. Opponents of the ACTA describe as draconian, saying it would benefit eventually as large multinationals.

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