Colombia’s Constitutional Court on Wednesday ruled that an internet copyright law associated with the US free trade agreement was unconstitutional.
Senator Jorge Robledo argued that Articles 13 and 14 of Law 1520, that deal with the regulation of internet and copyright freedoms, should not be enforced. The court agreed with the charismatic socialist senator.
Robledo claimed that the articles restricted the rights of internet users to access and disclose information on the web without sound justification.
Furthermore, the senator said that the ruling of the law’s constitutionality was being discussed in the wrong committee. Instead of being debated by the committee that debates constitutional issues, the internet copyright law was being discussed in a committee that studies international affairs.
The regulations are part of a law that made up the United States-Colombia free trade agreement, which went into effect in May of 2012.