July 04, 2012 | Jim Killock

ACTA: you won!

Today, the European Parliament resoundingly voted against ACTA!

The vote was 478 against, 39 in favour, with 165 abstentions.

This victory was thanks to your continued pressure which helped ensure that at every step of the way Europe’s representatives voted to reject the provisions within ACTA. We know that MEPs have been inundated with emails and calls from people who, just like you, have fought tirelessly in the defence of democratic freedoms.

Your persistence has paid off: MEPs have listened and stood up for democracy – some of them doing so quite literally in a moment of post-vote triumph, holding placards reading ‘Hello Democracy, Goodbye ACTA.’

Unwilling to let ACTA die, Commissioner Karel de Gucht announced that, regardless of the Parliament's rejection, the European Commission would wait for the ECJ's decision on the treaty's compatibility with fundamental rights and freedoms, before considering what to do next. This attempt to delay this issue further and pull the wool over our eyes will fail so long as the Open Rights Group and activists like you remain vigilant.

With more threats on the horizon like the “Snooper's Charter” now is the time to help ORG continue to defend democracy and digital rights by joining today!

http://www.openrightsgroup.org/join