Acta voted down

04/07/2012

A controversial piece of anti-piracy legislation has been voted down by the European Parliament, effectively killing it off.

The highly controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (Acta) garnered just 39 in favour but 478 against, while there were also 165 abstentions.

Supporters of Acta say that the legislation is needed to protect publishers against loss of earnings as a result of online copyright infringement, while opponents argue that it amounts to internet censorship.

Although Acta's opponents are claiming victory, EU trade commissioner Karel De Gucht announced that he is not ready to throw in the towel.

"With the rejection of Acta, the need to protect the backbone of Europe's economy across the globe: our innovation, our creativity, our ideas – our intellectual property – does not disappear," he said in a statement. 

Meanwhile, internet freedom campaigners took to Twitter to celebrate, with Acta trending worldwide. Hacking collective Anonymous said: "Happy Independence Day, time to take yours back."