ACTA axing reopens the issue of piracy

The European Parliament’s rejection of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was not a surprising decision, but leading politicians and business figures warn the fight against Internet piracy must continue.

In a long-awaited and widely anticipated move, European Union legislators voted July 4 against the multinational treaty that had sparked strong concerns and protests about Internet censorship and snooping.

Supporters of ACTA had insisted the legislation was needed to standardize the different national laws that protect companies and individuals who often fall victim to piracy and intellectual property theft.

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