The Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that was discussed this week in a secret meeting in Switzerland, threatens fundamental principles of European telecoms law, in particular the ‘mere conduit' provision, according to Europe's leading telecommunications companies. It's an ‘outside-in' change to EU law by international treaty, they say.
An alliance of European telecoms groups has taken an unusually strong stand against ACTA. The alliance is led by the economically powerful ETNO, whose members include Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom and BT, and ETNO is joined by European associations of ISPs, mobile operators, e-commerce and Internet companies, and cable companies.
In a joint statement, they say that ACTA could jeopardise key provisions in the acquis communitaire including the important mere conduit principle which underpins the Internet in Europe. They advise that ACTA contains a series of provisions which contradict the EU acquis, and which would also hinder
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