Jan 262012
 

The European Union Signed ACTA today – months after withholding its signature at the official signing ceremony in Japan. But the political atmosphere in the EU remains very much in flux. The key to the future is that, unlike the US, the EU has admitted that ACTA is a binding international agreement and therefore requires parliamentary approval. But Parliamentary approval in the EU is in doubt.

Marietje Schaake, a pro-business member of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe in the European Parliament, known for being “Europe’s most wired politician,” recounted this week that “the European Parliament has the decisive voice on ACTA,” with the first public “exchange of views” on ACTA in the key committee scheduled for February 29th or March 1st. The committee will most likely hold its vote on the ratification of the treaty in April or May, with a full parliament vote expected in June.

The EU vote is likely to be close, especially in the wake of the short term defeat of SOPA and the heightened awareness of internet freedom in its wake. As Schaake notes:

“In November 2010 we proposed an alternative resolution on ACTA, which intended to take away the main concerns. It was voted down by a very slight majority, . . . 16 votes, out of 736.”

So Schaake and others are calling for a grass roots campaign to swing the handful of votes needed to defeat ACTA in the EU.

Meanwhile, the U.S. is still holding firm to its position that the executive branch can bind Congress to ACTA without the traditional congressional approval required of treaties or internationally binding Executive Agreements. Senator Wyden challenged the administration on this plan, most recently to the State Department’s top legal advisor, but as of yet the administration has not backed down or provided legal reasoning justifying the constitutionality of its course of action. A Constitutional showdown with Congress may be looming.

No other country has ratified ACTA. The Mexico Senate has voted once to reject it, albeit in a non-binding resolution. In the post-SOPA landscape, it looks more unlikely that it will go into effect than it did a few months ago. But the ultimate tally will be sure to be close.

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  12 Responses to “EU Signs ACTA, But Treaty Remains in Doubt”

  1. [...] În fine, problema e alta. Încă de la început, UE a criticat SUA pentru SOPA, care de altfel a rămas în coadă de peşte. Tratatul ACTA, (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement), a fost semnat astăzi de către Uniunea Europeană, dar nu intră imediat în vigoare, ci trebuie adoptat de Parlamentul European, unde surse mai avizate decât avem noi spun că nu are şanse să treacă. [...]

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  3. It’s pointless making laws which ruin the internet freedom.
    After all lots of people depend of internet and pay bills for it.
    I’m on internet for years and I know how much money I consumed for it.
    If a law like ACTA is passed and I lose the right of using internet, then I’ll wish all my money back.
    Frankly a lot of people may feel the same way.
    Although is right to protect copyright, it’s pointless taking away the internet freedom.
    If ACTA is passed, then a lot of people may stop buying any media related content in retalation.
    Think about how money these companies who support ACTA may lose.
    If these companies thinks that everything which we do is just copyright violation and not fan support, then it means they don’t need us.
    However, at the same time we don’t need them as well.
    Down with the internet censure.

    • In did they want to stop the mind freeing of the internet users.
      And also want to create taxes to everey mb /gb / tb that is sold.
      On mp3 cell phones hdd, and so on…
      yes it are the big corporate (retailers) that distribuit the media that create the sopa / pipa / ACTA
      If they charged the end users with lower prices all professional would buy it in retailers stores.

      So the only way to show them a lesson is byuing all your software songs and movies in itunes store with you have a original and also don’t give a dime to those that created ACTA

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  7. [...] This past Friday, big media interests, the Obama administration and the EU got together in Tokyo, Japan to hail the signing  ACTA. [...]

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  10. [...] others) in the days following that highlighted just how divisive ACTA had become, creating much doubt in the EC’s collective mind, even as it signed the treaty. The resignation of Kader Arif, the rapporteur of the EP for ACTA, [...]

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