Prime Minister postpones ratification of ACTA
February 6, 2012
Poland has suspended the ratification of the international copyright treaty ACTA to allow for a broader discussion after widespread protests, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said Friday.
Tusk said that his government had made insufficient consultations before signing the agreement in late January, and it was necessary to ensure it was entirely safe for Polish citizens.
"The ACTA ratification process will be frozen as long as we haven't overcome all the doubts. This will probably require a review of Polish law. We can't rule out that, at the end of the day, this accord will not be approved." Tusk said.
Poland, along with 21 other EU countries, signed Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) in Tokyo Jan 26. Opponents of the treaty, which aims to protect international intellectual property rights and fight online piracy, launched a string of attacks on Polish government websites last week, jamming the websites of the Polish parliament, the prime minister’s office and the Ministry of Culture.
The controversial treaty has also brought thousands of demonstrators out on the streets to protest at a deal they fear will lead to internet censorship.
On Saturday Poland launched a series of public consultations concerning both ACTA and the full set of Polish legislation defending intellectual property rights and defining the rights of internet users.