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by Jon Martindale, 07 May 2012News

The Anti Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that many feared could do what SOPA and PIPA previously failed to, now seems unlikely to achieve any of its original aims, as it is declared mostly dead in the water - in Europe at least.

The declaration was made by Dutch politician and European Commissioner for digital agenda Neelie Kroes, who said that it was obvious from the thousands of people that were willing to protest throughout Europe, that ACTA was not something the people of the EU wanted.

"This is a strong new political voice. And as a force for openness, I welcome it, even if I do not always agree with everything it says on every subject.

"We are now likely to be in a world without SOPA and without ACTA."

Other parliamentary groups have also voiced their concerns over the act, with many politicians that initially supported it, rallying against in the face of such public outcry. It is now thought very likely that the treaty will be rejected by the European Parliament.

The controversial treaty if enacted, would have brought about a much more restrictive Internet, stifling innovation and creativity by giving too much power to copyright holders and their lobbyists.

However, the fight for a free Internet is not over. CISPA is the new one to watch out for and it's receiving far less opposition from large corporations. Companies like Microsoft, that helped protest the previous acts.

Source: WSJ

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