Acta rapporteur David Martin has warned that the UK economy needs to find another way to protect its intellectual property, as the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (Acta) is unlikely to be voted through by the European Parliament.
The Scottish MEP made the claim during an Acta seminar in London on Thursday.
During the session, Martin expressed concerns regarding the controversial trade agreement, predicting the EU Parliament will vote against Acta two to one.
"The problem is that it deals with two types of products, physical and virtual. The biggest mistake of Acta is that these are both contained within the one treaty," said Martin.
"My estimate is there will be a two to one vote against in parliament. My view is there's no way the EU parliament will vote in favour of Acta."
Martin criticised the agreement for its internet policy, claiming its closed door formulation meant that it was too unclear on certain key areas.
"I argue we would have a better treaty if the process was open from the very start," said Martin.
"My main concerns are criminal sanctions and the role of ISPs. I have have no interest in criminalising individuals for downloading a film and I don't think ISPs should have legal obligations to work as a police force."
Martin claimed that the UK still needs to find a way to protect its intellectual property, with the economy hinging on British companies' and citizens' creativity.
"The aims of Acta are entirely legitimate with desirable objectives. The European Union needs to protect its intellectual rights. The British economy needs people to remain innovative creating new products," said Martin.
The news follows recent confusion over whether the US will ratify Acta, with a debate currently raging as to whether the agreement must be submitted to the US Congress for approval.
On Thursday, 50 US scholars sent an open letter to members of the Senate Finance Committee telling them to "exercise your constitutional responsibility to ensure that Acta is submitted to [Congress]".
The letter addresses a missive from Department of State legal advisor Harold Koh to Senator Ron Wyden which the scholars believe instructed the senator that Acta does not require congressional approval because it has prior authorisation under the 2008 PRO-IP Act.
Martin's prediction runs in line with previous comments from the European Commission's (EC) head of digital agenda, Neelie Kroes.
Kroes warned member states they must begin planning for a world without the controversial Acta rules during a speech in Berlin earlier in May.
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