Overwhelming Majority Of EU Parliament Votes Against ACTA
from the wow dept
Wasn’t expecting such a lopsided result, but EU Parliament voted 663 to 13 against ACTA, saying that “it flouts agreed EU laws on counterfeiting and piracy online.” Beyond that, apparently the Parliament is ready to go to court to stop EU negotiators from continuing down the path they’re on:
MEPs will go to the Court of Justice if the EU does not reject ACTA rules, including cutting off users from the Internet “gradually” if caught stealing content.
Some Members of Parliament are also pointing out that the EU negotiators are violating the Lisbon Treaty, which says that EU Parliament Members should have “full and immediate access at all stages of international negotiations.”
This is pretty big — and a massive setback for ACTA supporters. The MEPs didn’t just reject the lack of transparency, they were blatantly rejecting some of the proposals that were in the leaked documents.