UK rapporteur David Martin has formally recommended that the European Parliament (EP) reject the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), claiming it would impinge on citizens' human rights.
Martin also attacked the agreement for the onus it will place on internet service providers (ISP) to play "internet police", in his official recommendation to the EP's International Trade Committee.
ACTA is intended to harmonise copyright rules across all participating countries.
If passed, the legislation will make ISPs accountable for the actions of their users, meaning they will effectively be forced to monitor what content is being posted and accessed by their customers.
The proposed laws have already been cited by numerous activists as evidence that the agreement could potentially breach EU human rights legislation, granting companies the ability to censor the internet.
While rejecting ACTA in its current form, Martin suggested the Parliament should not dismiss it altogether, instead claiming the Commission should "go back to other contracting parties and take forward the modifying procedure".
"Europe can only compete on the basis of innovation and creativity and in order to do that, it has to protect its intellectual property" he added.
Martin original indicated he would recommend the EP reject ACTA in a blog post earlier in April.
Prior to the post the EP voted not to refer ACTA to the European Court of Justice (ECoJ), meaning the bill's final fate will be decided this summer.
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