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ACTA anti-piracy treaty dead following defeat in European Parliament

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 8:28PM EST

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The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, or ACTA, has been defeated one last time following a European Parliament vote on Wednesday. The proposed legislation was often likened to a more comprehensive and global version of SOPA, intended to put standards in place that would protect intellectual property and combat piracy on an international scale. As TorrentFreak reports, ACTA was defeated 478 to 39 in a final European Parliament vote on Wednesday, putting an end to the proposal’s brief but tumultuous life. Lobbyists are expected to put forth new proposals in an effort to establish international IP protection similar to the measures proposed by ACTA.


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