[V3.Co.Uk] Europe close to enacting Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement

Members of the European Parliament have approved the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), overcoming yet another hurdle and making its progress into law an increasing certainty.

However, while the EC confirmed in a statement to the European Parliament that neither personal searches nor the so-called 'three strikes' procedure for illegal downloaders will be introduced by this agreement, the approval was greeted with dismay by rights organisation La Quadrature du Net.

"This vote is a terrible blow to EU citizens. It shows that the conservatives and some of their allies can get the Parliament to vote in favour of ACTA," said Jérémie Zimmermann, spokesperson for the group.