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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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Tue 29th May 2012 16:23 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
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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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RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510
by shotsman on Tue 29th May 2012 17:18 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510"
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Sadly, an EU Directive will trump any nationally enacted laws.
Directives are (AFAIK) approved by the Commissioners and NOT subject to votes in the Parliament.
If I'm wrong I am sure that Thom will correct me.

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RE[4]: Comment by MOS6510
by bdpedersen on Wed 30th May 2012 05:38 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510"
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It's a bit more complex than that. Yes, a directive will trump national law, but the commision cannot force it through on its own. It will need to pass both the European Parliament and the the council. Every country have a veto in the council in matters like this.

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