European parliament throws out online piracy pact

AFP
4 July 2012
Protests against the pact in Sweden in February

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.

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.