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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.
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.
Originally posted by RogerT3
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!edit on 4-7-2012 by RogerT3 because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by BMorris
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.
i wouldn't go that far, but more than likely the industry didn't have enough money to buy their votes in this case.