ACTA, the controversial online piracy treaty, was dealt a blow on Wednesday when the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly to reject it.
The European Parliament voted 478 to 39 against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, which was drawn up in secret and had been protested by hundreds of thousands across the EU who saw the treaty as an infringement on internet freedom.
President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz welcomed the decision and stated that “ACTA is the wrong solution to fight online piracy.” He said that the treaty negotiations had lacked transparency and acknowledged the massive public mobilizations against the treaty.
“The majority of the parliament is of the opinion that ACTA is too vague – leaving room for abuses and raising concerns about its impact on privacy and civil liberties, on innovation, creativity and the free flow of information,” wrote Schulz.
“We have to take all possible measures to fight piracy, but this should never be done at the cost of what has made the internet one of the most revolutionary technologies in history: the EP wants the web to remain free and open,” he added.