Feb. 13 (Bloomberg) -- German Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger is at odds with lawmakers from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats over the ACTA anti-piracy agreement, the Passauer Neue Presse newspaper said.
The justice mninister, a member of Merkel’s Free Democratic Party coalition partner, seeks clarity from the European Commission on the legal implications of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement before she signs off on the planned international agreement, the newspaper reported.
Lawmakers from Merkel’s party including Guenter Krings and Wolfgang Bosbach, the chairman of parliament’s all-party interior-affairs committee, support the aims of ACTA, the newspaper said. Krings said he seeks a “clear declaration” of support from Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger for ACTA, it said.
New anti-counterfeiting and copywrite rules are necessary, Merkel’s chief spokesman Steffen Seibert wrote on Twitter yesterday. “Illegal copying, patent infringements and counterfeiting causes billions in damages every year,” he said.
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