Thursday may have been a definitive day in the fight against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). ACTA is a multi-national treaty meant to enforce intellectual property rights. Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, the United States, and 22 countries of the European Union signed in ACTA. Opponents of ACTA say that the treaty adversely affects privacy, freedom of expression, and other fundamental rights.
On Thursday, a number of committees spoke out against ACTA to the European Parliament (which is ACTA will ultimately be allowed to stay in or be written out of the books forever). Five committees will give their recommendation to the European Parliament as to whether ACTA should stay. One of those committees, the International Trade (INTA) committee “owns” ACTA, therefore will most likely recommend keeping the controversial treaty in place. Three of the remaining four committees gave their recommendation to the European Parliament Thursday. The Industry, Research, Energy (ITRE), the Legal Affairs (JURI), and the Civil Liberties (LIBE) committees all voted Thursday to reject ACTA.