It’s been losing steam for months, but the European Union’s controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement might finally be down for the count. The BBC reports that INTA, the European Parliament’s trade committee, has ruled to reject the treaty, in a vote of 19 to 12.
After the vote, lead committee member and (and crusading ACTA opponent) David Martin explained that the document was simply too vague and the sanctions seemed disproportionate. Then he got a little grandiose, as parliamentarians have been known to do: “I’m glad that civil liberties won over,” he said.
This isn’t technically the end of A.C.T.A. Unlike in the U.S. Congress, where bills must make their way out of committee onto the floor for a formal vote, I.N.T.A. was merely deciding whether or not to recommend the treaty’s passage. It’ll still go up for a Parliament-wide vote in July. But the committee’s decision carries a great deal of weight, and if rejected in that vote, it’s curtains.
This prompts us to wonder what an Anon party looks like.