Liz Gannes

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ACTA Vote Tomorrow: Copyright Law Looks Dead, but It Won’t Lie Down

ACTA, the proposed anti-counterfeit treaty, is up for vote in European Parliament tomorrow.

After widespread protests in the wake of the defeat of SOPA and PIPA in the U.S., four of the major European parties now publicly oppose ACTA. But the largest, the conservative European People’s Party, is now saying it will ask tomorrow to delay the vote until the European Court of Justice verifies that ACTA is legal. That ruling could take up to a year.

EPP announced this new tactic via tweet this week:


#EPP will ask during tomorrow’s debate on #ACTA for a postponement of the vote until we have ECJ’s ruling.
@EPPGroup
EPP Group

ACTA would set up an international framework under which ISPs could be asked to block access to content, and companies could be fined for the somewhat vague notion of “commercial-scale” infringements.

Five out of five EU committees, including the international trade committee, have recommended that the European Parliament vote against ACTA.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik