The European Parliament has said a resounding ‘no’ to the global Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.
Known as ACTA, the deal aims to reduce intellectual property theft by cracking down on fake consumer goods and medicines and digital file-sharing of pirated software and music.
However ACTA has sparked protests, especially in Eastern Europe, by those who say it would censor free expression and criminalise people who download files for personal use.
By rejecting the deal, MEPs have taken a different stance from the European Commission which negotiated it on behalf of the EU. http://www.euronews.com/2012/07/04/european-parliament-rejects-global-copyright-deal/