European Parliament rejects ACTA copyright treaty by 478 votes to 39

The parliament followed the recommendations of five of its committees that had examined the treaty.

Members of the European Parliament rejected the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement on Wednesday by 478 votes to 39.

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3 Comments

Dave Lane

1

The EU has given ACTA the pummelling it so richly deserves. This should be a lesson for our negotiators (and those who are instructing them). These secret international negotiations are undemocratic and as such, unacceptable. NZ negotiators, let's apply the same approach to the blasted US "IP Chapters" (reputedly, according to various leaks of the top secret process) in the TPPA. Tell the US to pick on some other chump, preferably one their own size.

John Pallister

2

Hear, hear. Secret agreements in which governments relinquish sovereignty to foreign corporations? Who in their right mind would contemplate such a thing?

Bussani

3

Hear, hear, indeed! I've been told by the people over at InternetNZ to watch out for something that will help us voice our opposition against TPPA in a week or two. TPPA, by its nature, seems even more secretive and harder to prevent than ACTA, so let's do everything we can to spread the word to all the regular Kiwis who will be affected by it!

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