Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 29th May 2012 14:08 UTC
Legal Good news everyone! The Dutch parliament has just officially rejected ACTA. In addition, parliament has also accepted an additional motion which prohibits the government from signing similar agreements in the future. It was originally the plan to wait for the ACTA vote in the EU parliament, but a majority in the Dutch parliament felt that ACTA was too dangerous not to throw into the bin right away, EU vote or no. I'm not exactly sure what this means for ACTA as a whole, but it's my understanding that if one member state votes against ACTA - which we just did - it's effectively dead in the EU.
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Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Tue 29th May 2012 14:51 UTC
MOS6510
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2011-05-12

The forces behind ACTA are still alive and will find another way to get what they want.

We need some water tight laws that prevent any ACTA like crap from even having a chance of getting implemented.

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RE: Comment by MOS6510
by Jokel on Tue 29th May 2012 15:47 in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
Jokel Member since:
2006-06-01

The Dutch parliament also agreed to a motion to reject all "ACTA-like" agreements in the future.

That means every "workaround" to get something "ACTA-like" accepted will be rejected.

No work-arounds this time. How this works out in practice will remains to be seen, but at thins moment it is a big win.

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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by cfgr on Tue 29th May 2012 16:12 in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
cfgr Member since:
2009-07-18

If I'm not mistaken, this is only for the current legislation. After the next elections, government is open for business again. It would scare me if a government can prevent future governments from voting for something.

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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Tue 29th May 2012 16:23 in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

That's a law they can change if they have enough votes and given enough reason. And that's the problem with laws, we tend to assume that they are facts, but they're just variables that can change.

We also have a net neutrality law and a judge ordering the blocking of The Pirate Bay. I'd like to see the numbers of the result of that, because I doubt it stopped people downloading a single bit (slight pun intended).

I guess it needs some European laws, they aren't so easy to get rid of I assume.

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