Are you concerned about British copyright politics & how rights-holders win influence? Then read 

A Copyright Masquerade: how corporate lobbying threatens online freedoms

 'Tells a tale that needs to be heard'' Entertainment Law Review 'shows a great deal about how modern lobbying works' ZDNet

Available worldwide in paperback or download  Amazon Kindle: United States   -  UKGermany  - France   -  Italy - Spain

EPub: Waterstones EPub  -    Angus and Robertson E-book Instant Download (Australia)    

In just five dramatic minutes, the European Parliament has killed off ACTA, the so-called Anti- counterfeiting trade agreement. In a resounding vote in the last half hour, the entire Parliament voted by 478 votes to 39 to decline its consent to ACTA. This means that the ACTA may not be ratified in Europe, and effectively means it is dead in the water. The rapporteur, David Martin, spoke of

giving ACTA the last rites an allowing its supporters, the rights-holders and theUS government, to mourn.

It certainly was an exciting five minutes, for that was all it took. In the President's chair was Alejo Vidal Quadras, who had chaired the Telecoms Package Conciliation committee in the Third Reading.(see  Telecoms Package sealed, but not with a kiss ). He would ave been well aware of the implications of this vote.

An intervention by the right of the Parliament, namely Christofer Fjellner of the EPP group to get the vote postponed until after the ruling by the European Court of Justice, was quashed by a huge  majoirity - 644 in favour. It's interesting that Fjellner, formerly a pro-active MEP in favour of Internet users rights, has been bought out. Technically, Mr Fjellner's motion asked to put the whole matter of ACTA back to the INTA committee until after the ECJ has ruled.

 Klaus-Heine Lehne, also EPP and German, spoke in favour of Mr Fjellner's motion. The rapporteur, David Martin, spoke against Mr Fjellner's motion.

 And so the European Parliament proceeded to vote directly on Davd Martin's recommendation, which was that the Parliament should decline its consent to ACTA. THe hemicycle was full with 682 MEPs present. 165 abstained - they would have been ECR and EPP. The majority was 478 with only 39 against.

 After the vote, a small group of MEPs held up posters saying "hello democracy, good-bye ACTA'.

 The European Commission was given the opportunity to respond. The response was made by a deputy. Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht had not dared to show up. Perhaps it was just as well. The hoots - unusually discourteous for the European Parliament - would have been uncomfortable listening.

Congrats are in order for the guys at La Quadrature du Net and Edri who co-ordinated the ACTA campaign in Europe.

 This is an original article from Iptegrity.com. You may re-publish it under a Creative Commons licence, but you should cite my name and provide a link back to iptegrity.com.  Media and Academics – please cite as Monica Horten,Wow what a scorcher! ACTA slaughtered 478 to 39 , in www.iptegrity.com,  3rd July   2012 . Commercial users - please contact me.

Iptegrity resumes

I am resuming Iptegrity after a long break  - the first I had in  7 years of writing this blog. I extended my time out after I sprained my wrist in August, when  I had a little  brush with carpal tunnel syndrome. It has been worth the patience to let it heal, and I'd recommend to all my readers to look after your wrists, and do listen to ergonomic advice.

I am also working on a new book - updates on progress will appear here over the coming months.

Iptegrity.com is the website of Dr Monica Horten,  policy writer and Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics & Political Science. She is an independent expert on the Council of Europe Committee on Cross-border flow of Internet traffic and Internet freedom (MSI-INT). She was shortlisted for The Guardian Open Internet Poll 2012. Iptegrity  offers expert insights into Internet policy. Iptegrity is read by lawyers, academics, policy-makers and citizens, and cited in the media. Please acknowledge Iptegrity when you cite or link.  For more, see IP politics with integrity

A top IP law book!

A Copyright Masquerade - How corporate lobbying threatens online freedoms

'timely and provocative' Entertainment Law Review

Paperback and Kindle and Epub formats.

Available at the following online stores or get it from the publisher Zed Books  direct:

Amazon France

Amazon Germany

Amazon Italy

Amazon UK

Amazon USA

Waterstones Online UK

The Guardian Bookshop

Librerias Marcial Pons Spain 

Librarie Europeene / The European Bookshop, Brussels

Orell Füssli, Zurich, Switzerland

Iptegrity.com is made available free of charge for  non-commercial use, Please link-back & attribute Monica Horten. Thank you for respecting this.

Contact  me to use  iptegrity content for commercial purposes