EC welcomes ACTA

Members of the European Parliament yesterday passed a resolution in Brussels, which effectively gives the nod of approval to the dubious Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).

The one condition remaining is that the European Commission has to confirm that the legislation's implementation "will have no impact on fundamental rights and data protection, on the ongoing EU efforts to harmonise intellectual property rights enforcement measures, or on e-commerce." Whatever that might mean.

The resolution was passed with 331 votes in favour, 294 against and 11 abstentions.

The MEPs note that ACTA "will not solve the complex and multi-dimensional problem of counterfeiting,” but claim it will be a "step in the right direction."

The draft of the agreement was initially conceived in secret which stirred up as much controversy as the contents of the document itself. It's essentially a tool with which big businesses can persecute individuals who might copy stuff they make without paying.

A controversial plan to implement the three-strikes idea which would see folk banned from the Internet has been dropped. And adopting the laws relating to cam-cording in cinemas is now optional, it appears.

A further sop from the Eurocrats suggests that ACTA should not "harm global access to legal, affordable and safe medicines."