The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement can no longer come back from the grave in Europe, after the European Commission dropped its bid to have the copyright treaty’s legality confirmed by the union’s top court.
Parliamentarians roundly rejected ACTA back in July. They had many reasons for doing so, primarily the large physical demonstrations taking place across the continent against it. Many criticised the behind-closed-doors nature of the treaty’s formulation, and complained when leaked drafts revealed wording that could, among other things, criminalise bloggers who put copyrighted images into posts. read more