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ACTA struck down by European Parliament

The freedom of the internet in Europe has been preserved as ACTA is rejected by the EU Parliament

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement has today been rejected by members of the European Parliament, only a couple of weeks after the EU Trade Committee voted against it. This means that no member state, even the 22 that have already signed it, will be able to enforce it.

After the negative publicity that SOPA and PIPA received at the beginning of the year, some people in the tech world were concerned over ACTA relatively slipping by. 478 MEPs voted against it, with only 39 in favour, effectively squashing the controversial bill.

For more information regarding ACTA, and other bills that threaten Internet freedom, head over to the Free Software Foundation website