[EurActiv] Parliament threatens court action on anti-piracy treaty

The European Parliament defied the EU executive today (10 March), casting a vote against an agreement between the EU, the US and other major powers on combating online piracy and threatening to take legal action at the European Court of Justice. [...]

Leaked ACTA drafts have shown that the agreement would allow Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to introduce sanctions against Internet users, provided the consumer is informed of the penalties in the contract, argues La Quadrature du Net, an NGO campaigning for the rights and freedoms of citizens on the Internet [...]

"Building on this milestone towards democratic transparency, citizens must urge MEPs to sign the written declaration in order to oppose measures in ACTA that endanger the open nature of the Internet," said Jérémie Zimmermann, spokesperson for citizens' advocacy group La Quadrature du Net.