Acta down, but not out, as Europe votes against controversial treaty
Posted in: Government & Policy at 05/07/2012 14:00
The European Parliament has overwhelmingly defeated the international Acta anti-piracy agreement, delighting its opponents and plunging its supporters into gloom.
The vote is the first time that the parliament has used its powers under the Lisbon Treaty to reject an international trade agreement.
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Acta: Controversial anti-piracy agreement rejected by EU
The European Parliament has voted to reject the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (Acta).
The proposed agreement sought to curb piracy, but internet campaigners said it posed a threat to online freedoms.
The rejection vote followed a failed attempt to postpone the decision because of ongoing investigations into Acta by the European Court of Justice.
Euro MP David Martin said: "It's time to give [Acta] its last rites."
International anti-piracy law in tatters after European nations vote to reject it [AP]
The international anti-piracy agreement that Australia co-signed looks dead in the water, with European nations voting as a block to throw it out.
The vote is an enormous setback in the battle being waged by those who produce music, movies, pharmaceuticals, fashion goods and other products who are seeking to protect their intellectual property and incomes streams.