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!


Comments (5)

  1. Adam Gurney:
    Jul 04, 2012 at 03:32 PM

    Can we find an MEP willing to take this arse of a Commissioner to one side and explain to him who it is he actually works for? He is the EUROPEAN Commissioner for Trade, which means he represents the wishes of the EU; they are his paymasters, after all, aren't they? Or have we forgotten the USA and "Big Business", aka the Entitlemen- sorry, the Entertainment Industry?

  2. baldmosher:
    Jul 04, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    Perhaps you misunderstand who works for whom, but the European Commission is not democratically elected, and they are in charge of the EU. They answer to nobody. Although if you like your conspiracies, you might be pushed to think that someone else is probably in charge of them.

  3. kevincop:
    Jul 05, 2012 at 06:41 AM

    @baldmosher remember that Google is your friend - at least until a mindless nation/group ratifies ACTA/SOPA/PIPA or whatever the hell they want to call it.

    The European Parliament is democratically elected by adult voters. European Council (members are democratically elected too, by each EU state) then proposes European Commission President. European Parliament then decides to accept or reject proposal. Once accepted, the President distributes portfolios to each commissioner nominated by its member state (again, democratically elected).

    So, mr. Smart Alec, let's drop the silly confrontational attitude, be a little more humble and most importantly, think - i.e. google, before you make a complete donkey of yourself.

  4. Spektor:
    Jul 05, 2012 at 03:00 PM

    Can we know who are the "dirty 39".
    I really want to.

  5. Trevor:
    Jul 12, 2012 at 02:54 PM

    Now, less than a week after ACTA's demise in Europe, here comes the zombie ACTA: http://www.laquadrature.net/en/ceta-the-zombie-acta-must-face-the-same-fate

    CETA (Canada - EU Trade Agreement) contains all the nasty bits of ACTA's IP chapter with sprinkles of TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) such as instituting corporate courts that can overrule national courts.