by Mike Masnick

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acta, dead, eu, eu commission

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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    flint (profile), 20 Dec 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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