Not In Our Name: ACTA defeated!

ACTA was supposedly brought in to protect artists but it would have done more harm than good. Thankfully it’s been killed in a vote in the EU with 478 against and only 39 for.

Strasbourg, July 4th 2012 – The European Parliament rejected ACTA by a huge majority, killing it for good. This is a major victory for the multitude of connected citizens and organizations who worked hard for years, but also a great hope on a global scale for a better democracy. On the ruins of ACTA we must now build a positive copyright reform, taking into account our rights instead of attacking them. The ACTA victory must resonate as a wake up call for lawmakers: Fundamental freedoms as well as the free and open Internet must prevail over private interests.


From an EU staffer on Reddit,

“As an Accredited Parliamentary Assistant, working in the European Parliament, let me say this:

We would not have noticed.

We would not have noticed ACTA until far far too late. There are thousands of pages that we should read every day. No one can follow up with all that is important, and so we only read what we have to or what seems important.

And so we missed it, for far too long. That is not an excuse, but it is a reason.

This time though we got lucky. And this time, indeed, it were the people that made the change.

Our office got:
~ 5 phone calls (considering we usually don’t get any except from lobbyists that actually is a lot)
~ 3 faxes (we never even got one fax before regarding legislation)
~ over 6000 emails. Of those around 1500 in the last week.
So let me repeat it again:

We would not have noticed.

If it hadn’t been for people from all over the world telling us how horrifying ACTA would have been for them.

We got emails from Americans, Japanese, Germans, Greeks, Spaniards, Indians, South Africans, hell even one or two icelandic.
Most of those emails were just copy & paste messages. But some were heartfelt. Some told us how ACTA would ruin their enterprise, their lives, how relatives were hurt by similar legislation, and, most heart-breakingly, how the governments of other countries are accepting ACTA without listening to their people’s worries.

So from everybody in the European legislative process that gives anything about rights and freedoms:


to anyone who sent an email. And especially to those that called or faxed.

If you think your voice doesn’t make a difference, if you think that your emails are not read – then let this case be evidence that you are wrong.

If there is something – anything – in the legal sector, that you find outrageous: Call us. Bother us. Get all your friends to call us, get all your friends’ friends to send us emails.

That is the only way to be heard. Sometimes a message from one citizen can count more than ten high-payed lobbyists smooth-talking.”

One thought on “Not In Our Name: ACTA defeated!

  1. So, the EU has decided to reject ACTA, but what about the other contries who are signatories that have not yet ratified it? Yes, ACTA is dead to the EU, but it is still very much alive for us… until the NZ government decide not to ratify it.

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