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ACTA IS DEAD
The European Parliament has overwhelmingly rejected the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), effectively killing ACT. Details from Michael Geist’s blog:
Falkvinge, founder of the first Pirate Party, describes the victory thus:
Today at 12:56, the European Parliament decided whether ACTA would be ultimately rejected or whether it would drag on into uncertainty. In a crushing 478-to-39 vote, the Parliament decided to reject ACTA once and for all. This means that the deceptive treaty is now dead globally.
– and links this victory to the huge anti-SOPA backlash.
VICTORY! ACTA suffers final, humiliating defeat in European Parliament
TRANS PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP DEVELOPMENTS
IFLA and 9 other library associations (including CLA) have issued a statement expressing concern at the Trans Pacific Partnership Intellectual Property Chapter:
The US has called for a fair use provision in the Trans Pacific Partnership – links and strategic comments thanks to Michael Geist: