Czechs revolt against ACTA

After the wave of rebellion against anti-counterfeiting laws in the US, the Czech government has decided that it is not a good idea to ratify the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).

Prime Minister Petr Necas has said that it will still analyse the issue but will not ratify the controversial act.

Checking the Czech press, there has been a wave of protests against the international agreement, including hackings. But Necas said that there was no way that his government would allow Big Content to come in and restrict civic freedoms and free access to information.

He said the government would have to go over ACTA and have it assessed by experts to see the impact it would have in real life.

ACTA is supposed to set rules to enhance the observance of copyright, fight against the spread of illegal copies and fakes of all kinds, including music and film recordings, medicines, brand clothes and electronics, etc.

Necas said that there was never any question of the government checking laptops on the borders, monitoring of internet users, or filters.

But many deputies have told the government that they cannot support ACTA, and anyway, it looks like it might have a rough ride through the EU parliament too.