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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    Anonymous Coward, 2 Jun 2012 @ 5:59pm

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

    It is kind of bird eats cat. Netherlands has already signed ACTA, meaning that they are expected to ratify.
    EP is making a decission on whether EU-memberstates should have its signing made valid. If EP votes no, the signatures are invalid and EU-memberstates cannot join ACTA. If EP gives consent, every countrys signature is valid and they are expected to ratify.

    Now the question becomes: What happens if some countries who signed does not ratify the treaty? Outside of EU it is one less country ratifying and less chance of ACTA pulling through. Inside EU I believe that the lack of ratification will be insignificant since parliament, commission and council will already have approved and will sign ACTA. The lack of ratifications will only really count as an indefinite delay of following the agreement.

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