Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th Jul 2012 12:59 UTC
Legal While our beloved readers from the United States celebrate their independence (have a good one, guys and girls), the European Parliament has just voted against ACTA with an absolutely overwhelming majority: 478 against ACTA, 39 in favour (and 165 abstentions). I'm raising a coffee to this one, kids.
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No iPRED is very different in many aspect. First of all, being a directive means it has been discussed in public, with debate in the parliament and within the society, ACTA was completely discussed behind closed door, and only made publicly available when all discussions where finished.
And also, iPRED can be changed by a new directive, while ACTA is set in hard-rock stone. Which is the point of ACTA. Quoting De Gucht This is because we do not have to modify any part of our internal legislation, the so-called acquis communautaire. What is legal today in the European Union, will remain legal tomorrow once ACTA is ratified. And what is illegal today will remain illegal tomorrow.. And that is the crucial point, ACTA does not change anything today, but it does prevent any kind of improvement to iPRED.

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