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Acta: Controversial anti-piracy agreement rejected by EU

The European Parliament has voted to reject the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (Acta). The proposed agreement sought to curb piracy, but internet campaigners said it posed a threat to online freedoms. The rejection vote followed a failed attempt to postpone the decision because of ongoing investigations into Acta by the European Court of Justice. Euro MP David Martin said: “It’s time to give [Acta] its last rites.” Twenty-two EU member states, including the UK, had signed the Acta treaty – but it had not been formally ratified. Outside the EU, the treaty also had the support of the US, Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore and South Korea.

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