The European Parliament has rejected the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (Acta) by a vote of 478 to 39, which means that it cannot become law in the EU. This is the first time that the Parliament has exercised its Lisbon Treaty power to reject an international trade agreement. […]
Philippe Aigrain, co-founder and strategy adviser for La Quadrature du Net added: « European institutions must now recognise that the alliance between citizens, civil society organizations and the EU Parliament is at the core of a new democratic era in Europe. European copyright policy must now be built with the participation of citizens. »
Jérémie Zimmermann, a spokesperson for La Quadrature du Net, added that the Acta victory « must be the beginning of a new era in which policy-makers put freedoms of the open internet ahead of private interests« .