EU Officially Pronounces ACTA Dead As Commission Withdraws Court Of Justice Assessment

from the pining-for-the-fjords dept

In case you weren't sure yet, ACTA is now pretty officially dead in the EU. While it was mostly dead back in July, when the EU Parliament vociferously rejected ACTA, the EU Commission, who had helped negotiate the treaty, still held out hope that it would be vindicated by the EU Court of Justice. As you may recall, to try to appease those arguing against ACTA, the EU commissioner with responsibility for the treaty, Karel De Gucht, had submitted the agreement to the EU Court of Justice for a determination on whether or not it really went against EU laws, and he had insisted that even with the Parliament's rejection that he would push forward with that case.

Except... months later, the EU Commission has quietly dropped its request for the EU Court of Justice to weigh in, more or less putting that final nail in the coffin for ACTA in the EU. It's about a year late, but it appears that the EU Commission has finally realized that ACTA was a mistake for Europe.


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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 20th, 2012 @ 12:10am

    Don't worry Blue you bosses know it live on in spirit in CETA

     

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    Josef Anvil (profile), Dec 20th, 2012 @ 12:29am

    Please RIP

    We know it's not really over, but we can hope.

     

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    Josef Anvil (profile), Dec 20th, 2012 @ 12:31am

    Sorry

    I was playing Call of Duty and the digital violence made me post that with no remorse.

     

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    Beech, Dec 20th, 2012 @ 1:08am

    ACTA supporters say, "Screw it, we'll push worse stuff through in pieces on unrelated bills. It'll just be easier."

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 20th, 2012 @ 2:28am

    'the EU Commission, who had helped negotiate the treaty'

    where the hell did you get the 'negotiate' bit from, then?

    i hope people dont get complacent now. i wouldn't trust those fuckers in the EU Commission, de Gucht in particular, as far as i could spit! if they have dropped this, it is because they have some other hair-brained, public screwing plan in mind!

     

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    Zakida Paul (profile), Dec 20th, 2012 @ 2:37am

    They will just break it down and sneak it through in unrelated Bills that appear to do some good. That is the underhanded way politics works.

     

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    Ninja (profile), Dec 20th, 2012 @ 2:37am

    Major win yes but people must remain vigilant, we'll see new attempts and probably in less direct more cunning ways.

     

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    flint (profile), Dec 20th, 2012 @ 2:44am

    The EU Commission is not noted for giving up gracefully.

    A more plausible interpretation is that they withdrew the case rather than get a definitive judgement against them.

    An explicit judgement from the EU Court against ACTA would kill it, and anything that looked like it. Leaving the case undecided leaves a door open for typically EU dodge - put a fresh coat of polish on the turd, call it something different but leave it fundamentally unchanged and pretend you listened to "the people".

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Dec 20th, 2012 @ 3:05pm

      Re:

      If you listened to the dear de Gucht after all the committees had rejected it, it was clear that at least the upcoming IPRED would hold a lot of similar language as ACTA.

      The worst thing in ACTA had nothing to do with internet regulation, though. There was a specific demand for increased minimum damages in court cases. Combine that with the settlement on the new common patent offices and we are talking fertile ground for patent trolling if ACTA had gone through!

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 20th, 2012 @ 3:39am

     

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    Nick, Dec 20th, 2012 @ 5:41am

    Something better in the Pipeline

    Next up, the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). It's like ACTA on steroids.

     

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    Mike Shore, Dec 20th, 2012 @ 9:04am

    Mostly dead

    "There's a big difference between mostly dead and all dead. Mostly dead is slightly alive."

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 20th, 2012 @ 9:34am

    U.S.?

    So Obama has already signed it (despite protestations that he doesn't have the authority). So have a few other countries. Where does that leave us? Is he treaty binding on the few countries that have signed?

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Dec 20th, 2012 @ 3:02pm

      Re: U.S.?

      the treaty is still alive though it takes 6 signatories to ratify before it is in effect and only Japan has done so, so far.

       

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    Manok, Dec 20th, 2012 @ 11:28am

    They didn't realize it was a mistake, they realized they couldn't ram it through....

     

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    Tunnen (profile), Dec 20th, 2012 @ 1:37pm

    Nothing dies, it just saves itself for the zombie apocalypse.

     

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