EU Parliament rejects ACTA
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This will probably come as no surprise to those of you who have followed this story, but the European Parliament has voted against the much maligned Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. And they voted against it in some numbers with just 39 in favour, 165 abstained and 478 were against - interesting given that all but 5 of the EU's 27 member states have already signed up to the Treaty. That said, two of the missing signatories were Germany and the Netherlands. There was plenty of comment from both sides of the argument: Jim Killock of the Open Rights Group told told reporters: "This is a tremendous victory for the movement, for democracy and for every European citizen that has demanded that their rights be respected. ACTA must be abandoned.
The dismissal of Acta, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, by the European parliament has left the treaty's opponents delighted, and its supporters – who principally work in the industries that rely on copyright and trademarks, whether virtual or physical, for their living – downhearted. Acta's creators had the poor luck – or lack of foresight – to create their baby in what feels like the Jurassic age of the social internet. They also made the bad decision to negotiate it in secret – the sort of thing that drives conspiracy theorists wild, but which is also sure to get anyone's antennae a bit twitchy.
THE European Parliament rejected a global agreement against copyright theft yesterday, handing a victory to protesters who say the legislation would punish people for sharing films and music online. The vote marked the culmination of a two-year battle between legislators who supported the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (Acta) and its largely young, digitally savvy opponents. Tens of thousands of activists held rallies across Europe in February to protest against the law, which they said would curb their freedom and allow officials to spy on their online activities. About 2,5-million signed a petition against the agreement.
As the European Parliament web pages informes ( here ): The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was rejected by the European Parliament on 4 July 2012, by 478 votes to 39, with 165 abstentions. Parliament could not amend the ACTA, but only approve or reject it. Its rejection means that neither the EU nor its individual member states can join the agreement. Reasons for rejection mentioned: "In so doing, it followed its International Trade Committee, which recommended on 21 June, by 19 votes to 12 with no abstentions, that Parliament should indeed reject it.
This article is also available in: Deutsch: Danke SOPA, danke ACTA The digital rights world can be grateful that the intellectual property lobby employs too many lobbyists and too few strategists. Lobbyists are salespeople, the sell potential clients or employers amazing things, international agreements, Directives, the ability to stop time and enjoy old business models with no need for innovation or creativity, they sell smoke and mirrors. It was this approach that led to the proposal of SOPA in the United States and ACTA in Europe and beyond. It is this short-sightedness that has helped inspire the massive digital rights movement that brought untold thousands of citizens onto the streets of Europe on the cold February day that will be seen, we hope, as the day that helped preserve our digital heritage. From the European content industry, ACTA was all cost and no potential benefit.
Strasbourg, July 4th 2012 – The European Parliament rejected ACTA 1 by a huge majority, killing it for good. This is a major victory for the multitude of connected citizens and organizations who worked hard for years, but also a great hope on a global scale for a better democracy. On the ruins of ACTA we must now build a positive copyright reform 2 , taking into account our rights instead of attacking them. The ACTA victory must resonate as a wake up call for lawmakers: Fundamental freedoms as well as the free and open Internet must prevail over private interests. Citizens from the Internet and all around the world have won! By 478 to 039 3 during the final vote, Members of the EU Parliament killed ACTA once and for all.
C'est un énorme succès pour les opposants à l'ACTA. Ce mercredi a eu lieu un vote décisif au Parlement européen. Les députés réunis en séance plénière se sont prononcés solennellement sur l'accord commercial anti-contrefaçon.
The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), was rejected by the European Parliament on Wednesday, and hence cannot become law in the EU. This was the first time that Parliament exercised its Lisbon Treaty power to reject an international trade agreement. 478 MEPs voted against ACTA, 39 in favour, and 165 abstained. "I am very pleased that Parliament has followed my recommendation to reject ACTA" said rapporteur David Martin (S&D, UK), after the vote, reiterating his concerns that the treaty is too vague, open to misinterpretation and could therefore jeopardise citizens' liberties. However, he also stressed the need to find alternative ways to protect intellectual property in the EU, as the "raw material of the EU economy". The EPP's key ACTA advocate, Christofer Fjellner (EPP, SE), asked before the vote that Parliament should delay its final vote until the European Court of Justice has ruled on whether ACTA is compatible with the EU treaties.
Strasbourg, 4 juillet 2012 – Le Parlement européen a rejeté ACTA 1 par une large majorité, le détruisant définitivement. Ce rejet constitue une victoire majeure pour la multitude de citoyens et d'organisations connectés qui ont travaillé dur pendant plusieurs années, mais aussi un espoir d'ampleur globale pour une meilleure démocratie. Sur les ruines d'ACTA, nous devons désormais bâtir une réforme positive du droit d'auteur , qui devra prendre en compte nos droits plutôt que les combattre. La victoire contre ACTA doit retentir comme un avertissement pour les législateurs : les libertés fondamentales et l'Internet libre et ouvert doivent prévaloir sur les intérêts privés. Les citoyens de l'Internet et du monde entier ont gagné !
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European Parliament has rejected the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, by a heady 478 to 39, with 146 votes abstaining. While this doesn't mean ACTA can't become a reality elsewhere, it's a smack in the face for companies looking to crack down on internet-based copyright infringement. If ACTA had passed, its definition was so broad that it would mean the use of copyright images on websites could become an illegal act. <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
Das EU-Parlament hat Acta abgelehnt. Ohne die Lobbyarbeit der Bürgerrechtler und ohne die Demonstrationen der Wähler wäre das Abkommen durchgekommen, kommentiert P. Beuth. © Thomas Peter / Reuters Anti-Acta-Parole der Digitalen Gesellschaft
The highly controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) will not come into force in the European Union after an overwhelming majority in the Parliament today rejected the ratification of the international agreement. S&D Euro MP David Martin, author of the parliamentary report, said: "ACTA is now dead in the EU thanks to the European Parliament. "I am very pleased that the Parliament has followed my recommendation and rejected ACTA.
ACTA has been rejected by the European Parliament, which voted on Wednesday to put the final nail in the copyright enforcement treaty's coffin — at least as far as Europe is concerned. 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. 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.
Today at 12:56, the European Parliament decided whether ACTA would be ultimately rejected or whether it would drag on into uncertainty. In a crushing 478-to-39 vote, the Parliament decided to reject ACTA once and for all. This means that the deceptive treaty is now dead globally.