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Anti-ACTA protesters in Sofia today. AP Photo/Valentina Petrova/PA Images

In pictures: Anti-ACTA protests held across Europe

Demonstrators expressing concern over EU copyright legislation and online censorship gathered in cities from London to Tallinn today.

PROTESTERS GATHERED in several European cities today to demonstrate against proposed EU copyright protection legislation which critics claim could impair freedom of expression online.

The European Commission says that the legislation will not create new intellectual property rights, but will reinforce existing ones.

People in Sofia, Paris, Berlin, London, Vilnius and other European cities turned out to protest against ACTA – the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. Anti-ACTA protesters met in Dublin last weekend to express their concerns over the legislation.

Yesterday the BBC reported that German government officials confirmed that the cabinet has delayed its signature of the controversial bill to allow time for further engagement on the issues concerned. Latvia yesterday also delayed its ratification of the legislation.

ACTA has not been ratified by the European Parliament; it is due to come before the parliament in June.

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    Protesters shout slogans as the demonstrate againt ACTA in front of the Presidential Palace in Warsaw, Poland. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz/PA Images)
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    ACTA aims to harmonise international standards on protecting the copyright for music, movies, pharmaceuticals, fashion, and a range of other products that often fall victim to piracy and intellectual property theft. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis/PA Images)
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    Activists protest against ACTA, in front of the Government palace in Vilnius, Lithuania. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis/PA Images)
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    Anti-ACTA activists gathered in Warsaw, Poland today. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski/PA Images)
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    Protesters hold banners during today's anti-ACTA protest in Sofia, Bulgaria. (AP Photo/Valentina Petrova/PA Images)
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    A protester whistles during today's demonstrations in Bulgaria's capital. (AP Photo/Valentina Petrova/PA Images)
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    French protestors wearing Guy Fawkes masks protest against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement in Paris.(AP Photo/Bob Edme/PA Images)

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