EU Parliment Crushes ACTA ( Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement)

I refer all to the coverage of the vote at IPKat. The AP photo here is also worth a thousand words, and fun to hear from the new French Socialists now in charge:

“the European Parliament has buried once and for all the ACTA treaty … For the French Socialists, the vote marks the first and foremost a new inter-institutional balance of power, with the active participation of citizens in the European debate.”

Responsible intellectual property attorneys everywhere are confident that draconian measures are not necessary, that the large media companies can thrive and prosper in a digital age, and that the fundamental rights of our citizens must be preserved at all costs.

The vote was 478 opposed, 39 in favor, 165 abstained.