Jul 5, 2012

ACTA a goner, and DFAT scores collateral damage

A controversial copyright treaty looks dead in the water after the European parliament rejected it overnight. It's also in serious trouble here.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

For activists engaged in attempting to defend online freedom against government and corporate encroachment, there was a rare win overnight when the European Parliament voted to reject the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), and overwhelmingly so: the Treaty was rejected 478 to 39.

ACTA was signed by Australian, the United States and other countries in October last year and the EU signed in January, but the treaty has not been ratified anywhere and cannot come into force until six states have ratified it. With ACTA now a no-goer in the European Union, that appears increasingly unlikely.

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One thought on “ACTA a goner, and DFAT scores collateral damage

  1. Gavin Moodie

    @ BK

    Thanx for your vigilance on this and for keeping us posted.

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