European Parliament rejects ACTA
STRASBOURG - Agence France-Presse
Protesters wearing Anonymous Guy Fawkes masks take part in a demonstration against controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), on February 25, 2012. AFP photoThe European parliament massively rejected a controversial global pact to battle counterfeiting and online piracy today, 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.