Anti-piracy agreement ACTA rejected by the European Union
In a move that comes as a shock to the watchdogs of the US movie, music and media industry, the European Union has voted against ACTA – the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.
While 21 members of the European Union had previously signed the ACTA, no formal ratification of it took place.
ACTA had been separately supported by the US, Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, and South Korea.
With 478 votes against, 39 for and 165 abstaining from the vote, the European Parliament essentially set the tombstone of ACTA, after a barrage of calls, emails and protests by tens of thousands of Europeans.
A declaration against ACTA, signed by 2.8 million people worldwide also seems to have played a major role against its ratification.
You can read more about ACTA here.