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ACTA gets rejected by the International Trade Committee, the European Parliament gets the last word

Remember ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement)? This is the European version of SOPA and PIPA which were threatening to impose censorship on the Internet.

Great news came in today, as the International Trade Committee (ITC) has rejected ACTA with 19 votes against and 12 in favor. The faith of ACTA will eventually be decided by the European Parliament in the first week of July.

Considering that its Members take ITC’s decision as a final recommendation, the odds of ACTA passing through and threatening the existence of the Internet as we know it are close to zero. The “Trade Agreement” met a strong opposition from various EU committees and every country in Europe because of its invasion on privacy and vagueness.



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