The European Parliament's international trade committee will today vote on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), deciding whether to refer it to the European Court of Justice (ECoJ).
The MEPs on the committee will decide whether the legislation could potentially breach human rights legislation.
The European Commission has already announced that it will refer ACTA to the ECoJ. But if the committee decides against a similar referral, MEPs will be able to vote on the controversial proposals as early as this summer.
But if the committee opts to make that referral, MEPs will not get to vote until after the ECoJ reaches a decision - potentially delaying the vote by at least 18 months.
The central complaint common to most groups is the suggestion that ACTA will grant companies the ability to censor the internet.
"The concerns with ACTA centre mostly around how the bill enforces liability on websites for any links that point to disputed content," Trend Micro security analyst Rik Ferguson told V3.
"In the world of user-generated content, the potential for any site to be forced to close down, in a Stalinesque way to become a ‘non-site' as it is obliterated from search results or even have its domain name seized, all as a result of the actions of its users, is seen as too great a threat to business online."
The ACTA vote is set to take place at 2pm BST.
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