Germany will not sign an international anti-piracy treaty, despite having already agreed to it in principal, government sources in Berlin said Friday, February 10.
The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), initiated by the United States and Japan, seeks to protect intellectual property rights, “including infringement taking place in the digital environment.”
It was signed by the European Union and 22 of its 27 member states in January. Germany said at the time it would soon follow suit.
But since January, the treaty has been the subject of protest, mainly online, by people who say it will require signatory countries to punish even non-commercial breaches of copyright with criminal prosecution and jail terms.
Tens of thousands of people are expected to take part in protests in 60 German cities on Saturday, M&C reported, citing DPA.