Bulgaria formally throws out online piracy pact

Jul 11, 2012
A protest against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) in downtown of Sofia in February 2012. Bulgaria's government formally decided Wednesday to end all consultation and ratification procedures on the controversial ACTA pact against online piracy and counterfeiting, its press office said.

Bulgaria's government formally decided Wednesday to end all consultation and ratification procedures on the controversial ACTA pact against online piracy and counterfeiting, its press office said.

"With today's decision the government ends definitively the procedure for ratifying the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement," it said.

Bulgaria will also refrain from joining a request to the European Court of Justice for a legal opinion on ACTA, the government added.

Bulgaria was among 22 EU member states to sign the agreement in January aimed at combatting counterfeiting in general and ending online piracy.

But the government froze its ratification process in mid-February, following street rallies and widespread public fears that it may curtail online freedoms by attacking and Internet file-sharing.

The also threw out the agreement last week, quashing any EU ratification and possibly killing it for good.

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