[LINK] EU votes down ACTA

Frank O'Connor francisoconnor3 at bigpond.com
Thu Jul 5 13:19:27 AEST 2012

But haven't our politicians already rolled over to have their bellies rubbed by the US on ACTA?

In 2010 ... from memory.

Good to know we're again 'leading the world' and stuck with this turkey, whilst the rest of the world seems to be rejecting it.

Hopefully the current Parliamentary review will point this out to our 'leaders and decision-makers' ... who just got a another pay rise way above the inflation rate after their 40% kick last year. (And these are the turkeys who even last week couldn't reach a compromise agreement to save lives at sea ... and couldn't hang in there for another week or two to seek a compromise because it would have interfered with their holidays ... if it were me, I'd have penalised them rather than awarding a pay increase.)
On 04/07/2012, at 10:48 PM, Jan Whitaker wrote:

> 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.
> This story was found at: 
> http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-world/eu-parliament-rejects-antipiracy-treaty-20120704-21hpf.html 
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