Saturday, December 22, 2012


ACTA is dead:
The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement can no longer come back from the grave in Europe, after the European Commission dropped its bid to have the copyright treaty's legality confirmed by the union's top court.

After the parliamentary rejection, trade commissioner Karel De Gucht maintained that the ECJ examination should still go ahead. He even went so far as to say that he would consider reintroducing ACTA if it was given the all-clear.

That is now not going to happen, as the Commission has dropped its referral.

"I welcome this news from the Commission today," Socialists & Democrats (S&D) MEP David Martin said in a statement on Wednesday. "The EU cannot be party to an agreement without European Parliament ratification. MEPs overwhelmingly rejected ACTA in July and I am pleased that the Commission has acknowledged this is the end of the road for ACTA in the EU thanks to the Parliament."
The EU has done something right, for once.

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