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ACTA killed: MEPs destroy treaty in final vote

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posted on Jul, 4 2012 @ 07:15 AM
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ACTA killed: MEPs destroy treaty in final vote


www.rt.com

The European Parliament has rejected ACTA, a controversial trade agreement, which was widely criticized over its likely assault on internet freedoms.

Supporters of the treaty suggested postponing the crucial voting at the Parliament plenary on Wednesday, but members of the parliament decided not to delay the decision any further.

MEPs voted overwhelmingly against ACTA, with 478 votes against and only 39 in favor of it. There were 146 abstentions.

Many members of parliament held anti-ACTA banners or wore anti-ACTA T-shirts during the session.
(visit the link for the full news article)


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posted on Jul, 4 2012 @ 07:15 AM
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Well this appears to be good news at first glance.

However, I'm sure I can count on the good peeps at ATS to paint some doom and gloom in here before the second page ;0)

Thought it was really cute that the MEP's wore T-Shirts and held placards


TorrentFreak have a nice article on this too:
torrentfreak.com...
however the writer there seems to think MEP's are voted in - I thought they were appointed?!?

EuroNews also has this to say:


Only a few hours away from the final vote of the European Parliament on the Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), the supporters of a free Internet marche again to the frontlines. Beyond the mere result in Strasbourg, they want to create a momentum to protect a series of fundamental rights on the Web.

www.euronews.com...

So what say you ATS, is the worm turning? Banks including the BOE under investigation, Internet legislation failing.... Is the slacktivist having his/her day in the sun?


www.rt.com
(visit the link for the full news article)
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posted on Jul, 4 2012 @ 07:26 AM
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Shuffle the letters about.
Re-arrange paragraphs.
Repeat until success.

Inch by inch they'll take, until we have a guy sitting in our lounge with a red marker and a stern nod of disproval...


It will be like this.



posted on Jul, 4 2012 @ 07:26 AM
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hell no that's fantastic news!!

i just wish it would go away forever but it always seems to find it's way back into new bills with new names wanting to do the same thing.



posted on Jul, 4 2012 @ 07:35 AM
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I thought this was quite bizarre:




Just goes to show, the peeps that do the voting aren't the peeps that run the show.
Certainly changed my current 100% biased view of EU politicians!!

Maybe they are really just ordinary humans who WILL side with the 'people' when it comes to the crunch!
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posted on Jul, 4 2012 @ 07:41 AM
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Originally posted by RogerT3
I thought this was quite bizarre:


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Just goes to show, the peeps that do the voting aren't the peeps that run the show.
Certainly changed my current 100% biased view of EU politicians!!

Maybe they are really just ordinary humans who WILL side with the 'people' when it comes to the crunch!
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i wouldn't go that far, but more than likely the industry didn't have enough money to buy their votes in this case.



posted on Jul, 4 2012 @ 07:49 AM
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so for now no implementation of a european internet driving license with fixed penalties,summonses, assumption of guilt before process (please submit 30 euros within 21 days of receiving this letter)! oh wait.... sorry that's the uk version!....lol
f.



posted on Jul, 4 2012 @ 09:16 AM
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Just thought I'd say that all MEP's are voted in using a PR system with constituencies made up of the regions in their home countries. For example, I live in "SE England" and we have 10 MEP's for our region:

en.wikipedia.org...(European_Parliament_constituency)



posted on Jul, 4 2012 @ 09:38 AM
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This is an awesome news and more countries need to follow suit. I think it will not go down very well with US as ACTA is a US based project..you can read it all here in Wikileaks cables

WikiLeaks Cables Shine Light on ACTA History



posted on Jul, 4 2012 @ 10:12 AM
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Killed?

It wasn't killed, at 478 no to 39 yes, they obliterated it, then drove their cars over its corpse, repeatedly.

A shame that the message won't be heeded by the media labels. Their supporters will just change the wording, and resubmit it under another name, and the whole circus will begin again.



posted on Jul, 4 2012 @ 05:56 PM
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Originally posted by BMorris
Killed?

It wasn't killed, at 478 no to 39 yes, they obliterated it, then drove their cars over its corpse, repeatedly.

A shame that the message won't be heeded by the media labels. Their supporters will just change the wording, and resubmit it under another name, and the whole circus will begin again.


turn that apathy upside down,

now is the time to positively reinforce out rights as net citizens.
there are some very powerful groups pushing for an internet bill of rights,

and now is the time to say enough of this corporate lead legislation.

xploder



posted on Jul, 5 2012 @ 07:29 AM
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Thanks for that link, it's worth having a quick read of that!

I don't care about online piracy, I'm just not interested. However, what I keep seeing in efforts to control online piracy, every time it looks like broader internet freedoms are getting targeted.

I personally suspect, from what we have seen over the last year, that the IPR groups care about online piracy no more than I do and are simply tools to be used in an effort to curtail online freedoms which are allowing things like the massively enormous protesting going on in Japan against the nuclear industry at the moment. Hundreds of thousands of people showing up at a protest, that's truly epic!

The Internet is giving common people an opportunity to know their commonalities and act together. I think it is that which is what concerns those who keep trying to regulate the Internet.
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posted on Jul, 5 2012 @ 03:19 PM
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i wouldn't go that far, but more than likely the industry didn't have enough money to buy their votes in this case.


This is Europe not America. In some things we still are a democracy.

The lobbyists, while present, do not have the power the do in the States.



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