[LINK] EU votes down ACTA

Jan Whitaker jwhit at janwhitaker.com
Wed Jul 4 22:48:35 AEST 2012

EU parliament rejects anti-piracy treaty

Published: July 4, 2012 - 9:39PM

The European Parliament has overwhelmingly defeated the international 
ACTA anti-piracy agreement, after fears that it would limit internet 
freedom mobilised broad opposition across Europe.

The vote on Wednesday was 39 in favour, 478 against, with 165 abstentions.

A spokesman for the European Commission, the EU's executive arm, said 
it may try again after it obtains a court ruling on whether the 
agreement violates fundamental EU rights.

Supporters said ACTA - the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement - was 
needed to standardise international laws that protect intellectual 
property rights.

Opponents feared it would lead to censorship and a loss of privacy on 
the internet.

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