EU Parliament chief criticizes copyright treaty

BERLIN (AP) — The European Parliament's president has criticized an international copyright treaty, arguing that it lacks sufficient balance.

Backers of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, or ACTA, say it's needed to harmonize international standards to protect the rights of those who produce music, movies, pharmaceuticals and other piracy-prone products.

But opponents fear it will lead to censorship and a loss of privacy on the Internet. Thousands protested in several European countries Saturday.

European Parliament President Martin Schulz told Germany's ARD television Sunday: "I don't find it good in its current form."

He said the necessary balance between copyright protection and the individual rights of Internet users "is only very inadequately anchored in this agreement."

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