EU votes down ACTA treaty

Dylan Bushell-Embling
12 Mar 2010
00:00

The European Parliament has rejected an EU proposal to subscribe to the controversial ACTA piracy agreement.

Just 13 MEPs voted in favor of signing up to the Anti-Counterfeiting and Trade agreement, which isn’t even close to the 663 who voted against.

They were concerned the agreement flouted EU laws on counterfeiting and piracy, Euroactiv reported.

Parliament has vowed to fight ACTA in the Court of Justice, if the EU does not accept its decision.

The US-backed ACTA is an attempt to introduce international standards on IP rights to combat global piracy. It would allow for users to be incrementally cut off from the internet if they are caught stealing content.

The EU has been negotiating with the US and other major powers over the content of ACTA, but cannot subscribe to the agreement unless the EU legislature approves.

Leaks from the ACTA negotiations have reportedly shown that the agreement would allow ISPs to introduce measures to combat piracy, but not directly call for three strikes measures.

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