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 @ 8:23am

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

    I think the Commission has probably understood by now that ACTA is not very popular. But there is new legislation underway from the Commission called IPRED, which is intended to harmonize the rules on intellectual property. This would give them the opportunity to include criminal enforcement, getting the members states out of the loop on treaties like ACTA.

    This was explained during the workshop on ACTA in the European Parliament by the Commission's spokesperson.

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