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Today, the European Parliament has rejected ACTA, the Anti-Counterfying-Trade-Agreement, with a vast majority. Only a small handful or representatives still voted for the traty, most of the members of the parliament voted against it. So, for the moment:Epc Win, folks!
Here is, what La Quadrature du Net has to say:
ACTA: Total win for citizens and democracy

Of course, this is just a small victory in an ongoing battle - the next steps of the fight are already before us: the European Comission is working on the novelization of the Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive (IPRED II), which basically has every nasty thing in its text that they took out of the internet chapter of ACTA, to make the latter more presentable; there is "Clean IT", which aims at enforcing private cooperation of ISP and corporations as well as government offices to "clean" the Internet from "illegal" stuff (including copyright violations and "offending" websites, there is CISPA and TPP, the latter an proposed agreement that makes ACTA seem harmless, and not just because it will severely limit Fair Use.

But. To fight these is on the agenda for the future. For now, we have defeated ACTA. This battle, we won. :)


( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 4th, 2012 07:24 pm (UTC)
Hi, hon! *dorky waves*

Great news indeed, thanks so much for sharing :D
Jul. 4th, 2012 08:36 pm (UTC)
Hi there! Long time no see! *waves back* :)
Yep, for the moment, it's good. :)
Jul. 4th, 2012 08:23 pm (UTC)
Which of these acts is the one that will make internet providers monitor your account for illegal downloads starting July 12?
Jul. 4th, 2012 08:42 pm (UTC)
Hu? I don't know. Probably CISPA, but I thought it has not completely passed legislation yet. There have been some attempts to get Internet providers to monitor their customers for illegal downloads by private agreements, and as far as I remember (not very clearly, though), some of them in the USA agreed to do that, already; but I would have to look through the blogs I frequently read (like FEFE's) to find the reference again.

Jul. 4th, 2012 09:48 pm (UTC)
Well, good!! All those emails and petitions actually did work, then! \0/
Jul. 4th, 2012 10:00 pm (UTC)
And the protests on the street! ;D
Jul. 4th, 2012 10:50 pm (UTC)
Yes, I am not forgetting - those were more important than anything, as people tend to take notice when they see bodies actually out in the streets!

Oh, Asilynn, I watched the video. You look gorgeous, and so chique in that hat. Was that when that brutally cold weather was over Europe?

Brava! {{{Hugs!!!}}}
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