Poland signs ACTA, triggers protests

Jeff Hargarten

Thousands of protesters across Poland have taken to the streets following Prime Minister Donald Tusk’s signing of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement in Tokyo on Thursday, the BBC reports.

ACTA aims to enforce international copyright standards on the internet, something opponents view as a form of online censorship. The treaty has similarities to the U.S. Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and PROTECT IP Act (PIPA).

Several marches took place across the European Union. Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Romania and Greece signed the treaty Thursday, though demonstrations haven’t taken hold. ACTA was signed by the United States and several other countries last year.