ACTA Dead In Europe
The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that many feared could do what the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) previously failed to, now seems unlikely to achieve any of its original aims, as it is declared mostly dead in the water – in Europe at least.
The declaration was made by Dutch politician and European Commissioner for digital agenda Neelie Kroes, who said that it was obvious from the thousands of people that were willing to protest throughout Europe, that ACTA was not something the people of the EU wanted. The treaty had been opposed by the vocal public because of the impact it would have on ordinary Internet uses and the high level of secrecy in which it was negotiated. They only way the text became public during the negotiations were through a series of leaked drafts.
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