ACTA defeated in Europe by fearsome majority


The European Parliament has overwhelmingly rejected the terms of ACTA; the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. The bill was intended to reinforce copyright and allow industry groups including game publishers and developers to pursue ISPs and infringers; it was in many ways the European equivalent of SOPA and PIPA. The broad scope of the bill threatened privacy and would have held ISPs liable for the actions of their users.

478 MEPs voted against the bill, 39 voted in favour. 165 MEPs abstained.

The rejection of ACTA follows the European Court of Justice yesterday enshrining the right for consumers to trade and sell their games and software, even if downloaded online.

It also means we get to use our European flag picture again.