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Wins Freedom: Europe rejects finally MINUTES

Wins Freedom: Europe rejects finally MINUTES

Good news for freedom! The has rejected by a large majority the international agreement against counterfeiting and piracy, better known as ACTA, for its acronym in English.

The Treaty was rejected by 478 MEPs and has joined the vote in favor of 39 MEPs and 165 abstentions. The reason? The way the leaves are raised doubts about its effectiveness and how its interpretation would violate the rights of citizens.

Remember that to enter into force in Europe, ACT had to be ratified in the 22 members: If only one of them, or even the European Parliament does not ratify, the treaty is automatically canceled, as happened.

Fortunately, the pressure worked, and what at first seemed a treaty would be ratified in full, has been held in Europe. I say this because a couple of weeks I was in the European Parliament to participate in a seminar for journalists on ACTA and if something became clear to me is that ACTA should not be approved under any circumstances.

And is that beyond Internet censorship and other issues that could approach, I think the main problem with ACTA is that how it is raised far from satisfactory in terms of rights and freedoms are concerned.

And is that the wording of ACTA is one of its weaknesses: Leave space for too many “interpretations” and that is an obstacle to an instrument of this type, it has also generated much controversy on the Internet and social networks.

David Martin of the International Trade Commission, explained in his recommendation to the European Parliament to vote against the treaty a key point referred to the cost / benefit for the freedoms ACTA involves:

“The expected benefits of this international agreement are much lower than potential threats to civil liberties. Given the vagueness of certain aspects of the text and the uncertainty regarding their interpretation, the European Parliament can not guarantee adequate protection of the rights of citizens in the future under the ACT. “

Martin also has raised a petition to the European Commission to bring forward new proposals for the “protection” of intellectual property, other than ACT.

In the same line has been pronounced Viviane Reding, Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, in expressing his opposition to ACT to represent restrictions on the freedoms on the Internet:

“Blocking the Internet is not an option (…) We must find new ways, more modern and efficient in to protect artistic creations that take into account technological developments and freedoms of the Internet.”

Another thing that became clear after the seminar in Brussels, is that in addition to writing, one of the main weaknesses of ACTA is that it was secretly armed with his back to the citizens, and the direct influence of the representatives of the major economic powers seeking to impose their interests over citizens’ rights.

In this respect I agree with Amelia Andersdotter, representative of the Greens / European Free Alliance and the matter explained:

“Not a good idea to put in private hands the legislature. If the State considers to be required obligations on private companies to secure rights, should be regularly before business. This puts at risk the freedom of expression, and is the main reason is due to vote against ACTA. “

Fortunately in Europe deprived the collective freedom over economic interests … The other countries are discussed ACT United States, Canada, Mexico, Switzerland, Morocco, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand, ie half world market: Six countries would have to approve the treaty to enter into force. I am one who thinks that, fortunately, that never happens: What do you think?

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