Acta Internet censorship proposal defeat

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By Ben Chacko in Britain:

MEPs vote against anti-piracy law

Wednesday 04 July 2012

European Union efforts to ratify the international Acta “anti-piracy” treaty looked dead in the water today after the EU parliament voted 478-39 against it with 165 abstentions.

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, which seeks to shore up intellectual property “rights,” has been signed by a number of wealthy countries but ratified by none.

It was unanimously agreed by EU heads of government in December but cannot become EU law unless all 27 member-states formally approve it.

EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht said he remained keen to force through the treaty and would wait for a ruling by the EU Court of Justice on whether it curtailed “fundamental European rights” before making his next move.

“It’s clear that the question of protecting intellectual property does need to be addressed on a global scale,” Mr De Gucht said.

But Scottish Labour MEP David Martin said: “No emergency surgery, no transplant, no long period of recuperation is going to save Acta. It’s time to give it its last rites.”

The controversial treaty was launched by countries including the US, Japan and Australia to strengthen international copyright and patent law.

But it has been condemned by critics for restricting internet freedom and seeking to clamp down on generic medicines in use in the developing world, forcing impoverished countries to pay through the nose for expensive patented drugs to treat HIV/Aids and other illnesses.

When EU bosses approved it in December protests erupted in several European cities, while an anti-Acta petition has been signed by over 2.8 million citizens of member states.

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4 thoughts on “Acta Internet censorship proposal defeat

  1. In April, House Republicans passed CISPA – the Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Protection Act – by a vote of 248-168. This week, the Senate will vote on CISPA-like bills (Lieberman-Collins S.2105 or McCain S.2151).

    CISPA gives the government, including military spy agencies like the National Security Agency (NSA), virtually unlimited powers to capture our personal information — medical records, private emails, financial information — all without a warrant or proper oversight.

    Tell Your Senators: Stop CISPA

    Civil liberties groups and progressives unanimously opposed CISPA in the House, and President Obama threatened a veto because it does not protect our privacy.

    In the Senate, Democrats (led by Al Franken) are trying to add privacy protections. But Republicans (led by John McCain) are determined to defeat those protections and give Big Brother unlimited power to spy on us.

    Tell your Senators to protect your privacy from Big Brother and oppose CISPA.

    Thanks for all you do!

    Bob Fertik

    p.s. Every media report on CISPA raises the fear of a cyber attack on “critical infrastructure” like the electric power grid. But all regulations requiring private companies to improve their cyber security were removed by Republicans serving the Chamber of Commerce, which opposes all regulations on business. So the bill now does nothing useful to protect “critical infrastructure,” and only authorizes Big Brother spying.


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