Three Key EU Parliament Committees Vote 'Just Say No' To ACTA

from the some-good-news dept

While some have believed that ACTA is already dead in Europe, there are still actual votes to be held, and there have been significant concerns that political trickery might lead to ACTA actually being approved. The first three key votes (from three specific committees) happened today, and while it was close, all three came out with recommendations to reject ACTA. As Rick Falkvinge points out, one telling point is if you look at the votes on the Committee on Legal Affairs (Juri) and the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE). The winning proposal for ITRE was drafted by Pirate Party MEP (and occasional Techdirt contributor) Amelia Andersdotter. The losing proposal for Juri was written by Marielle Gallo -- author of the infamous Gallo Report a few years ago, pushing the EU Parliament to support massively draconian IP enforcement rules. In other words, "the pirate" vs. "the copyright maximalist" in an EU Parlimantary committee votes... and the pirate won. Not too long ago, such a result would be unthinkable. However, it shows how quickly things can shift when you have reality on your side...

Filed Under: acta, amelia andersdotter, european union, itre, marielle gallo, pirate party, rick falkvinge


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    Lennart (profile), 1 Jun 2012 @ 8:04am

    Re: Rejoice! ACTA has already been permanently vetoed for the entire EU by the Netherlands.

    The Netherlands might have rejected ACTA and effectively vetoed it for the EU, but there was a caveat. If the Commission would succeed to gain control over criminal enforcement of intellectual property from the member states, the blockade would cease to exist. The Dutch - and the Bulgarians I believe - might have killed ACTA, but it is still moving. A zombie, if you will.

    Therefore, we need to vote down ACTA on the European level. Since the Council of Ministers has already agreed to ACTA, and the Commission has signed it, the only player capable of killing the zombie once and forever - in Europe.

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