I thought it could be a valuable information to spread :
As of today, 12:56, ACTA is officialy dead. The European Parliament has rejected the text with 478 votes against, 39 votes in favor, and 165 abstentions. This put a definitive stop to this text which could be seen as the "European SOPA" and even scarier.
Quick reminder : ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) was designed to protect intellectual property at an international level. Negotiated secretly since 2007 by 39 countries , including EU's 27, the USA, Japan,... , it stated measures that would lead to surveillance and censorship of Internet communications, without the intervention of any sort of justice actors like courts, etc. It also voluntarily left the term "intellectual property" imprecise, so it could be extended quite freely to a lot of things that would "magically" fall under the term of "intellectual property". This text was supported by notable actors of the entertainment industry.
I see this as a major victory, as citizens have successfully put down this agreement which has been negotiated and not discussed as a political text.
SOPA, PIPA, and now ACTA are meaningful victory, especially regarding democracy, by the rejection of something that was discussed without any sort of consultation of the citizens (via elected people).
Well, we are moving toward some future votes on an update of IPRED and similar laws and the commission who are responsible for creating the laws are still extremely pro-ACTA. We will probably see some broader terms in the EU laws and the commissionaires was very clear in stating that ACTA was a big inspiration for the coming proposals and they expect to be able to resubmit ACTA for a new vote after those directives have been debated.
The commission and the council are both strongly for ACTA and have a very inflexible stance on Trademarks, Copyright and patents. Expect a lot of horrible pieces of legislation to surface in EU the next ~5 years.
Last edit: 2012-07-04 21:42:15
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