European parliament throws out online piracy pact

AFP
4 July 2012
Protests against the pact in Sweden in February
<p>A protester wearing a Guy Fawkes mask, demonstrates in Stockholm in February against the Swedish government's plan to ratify the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). The European parliament massively rejected the controversial global pact to battle counterfeiting and online piracy Wednesday, quashing any possibility of EU ratification.</p>

The European parliament massively rejected a controversial global pact to battle counterfeiting and online piracy Wednesday, quashing any possibility of EU ratification.

Twenty-two of the 27 EU states as well as other countries, including the United States and Japan, signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) in January but the treaty has yet to be ratified anywhere amid protests that it would curtail Internet freedom.