ACTA rejected by European Parliament!

By bobcat
Jul 4, 2012
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  1. Wednesday July 4, 2012
    ACTA has just been rejected by Europe, leaving copyright treaty near dead

    Summary: The European Parliament has voted not to ratify the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, meaning the contentious copyright crackdown agreement cannot come into force in the EU.

    The Parliament voted by 478 to 39 to reject the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, a move that means it cannot come into force anywhere within the EU. In doing so, it followed the advice given to it by five parliamentary committees and heeded the massive public protests that were sparked by the treaty earlier this year.

    The EU and most of its member states did sign ACTA in January. However, with such agreements, signatures have to be followed by parliamentary ratification if they are to mean anything. In the EU, both the European Parliament and every single member state had to ratify for it to come into force. Not a single member state has ratified ACTA, and the Parliament has now joined Poland and other states in flatly rejecting such ratification.

    ACTA could still become reality elsewhere in the world, but only if six of the eight non-EU countries that have signed it go on to ratify it — an unlikely outcome given the EU's rejection of the agreement. These countries include Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore and the US, none of which has ratified ACTA yet.

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