The European Parliament Rejects ACTA: The Impossible Becomes Possible

Michael Geist, Weblog, Jul 04, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I don't pretend to know the intricacies of European politics, but I have the sense that the Eurtopean Parliament is only half the battle, and that if the European Commission wants ACTA passed, it will find a way to do it, as part of a farm bill or something. Still, while "ACTA became the poster child for secretive, one-sided IP agreements that do not reflect the views and hopes of the broader public," Michael Geist says "This morning, the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly against the agreement, effectively killing ACTA within the EU." If that is indeed the case, then well good.

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