Access statement on ACTA rejection
6:36am | 4 July 2012 | by Raegan MacDonald, English
The European Parliament, in a landslide vote, has voted down ACTA, with 478 votes against and only 39 in favor! The following statement is from Raegan MacDonald, Access Senior Policy Analyst, on the rejection of ACTA by the European Parliament:
"Access is ecstatic that the Parliament today, by an overwhelming majority, said "No" to ACTA, delivering the long-awaited fatal blow to this dangerous agreement. We are overjoyed that the Parliament took this monumental opportunity to protect human rights and an open internet. We want to recognize all of our members, organizations, communities, and MEPs who fought so hard for ACTA's defeat.
That Parliamentarians heard the voices of citizens is encouraging -- this is democracy in action.
While we believe that artists should be compensated for their work, it never should come at the expense of our freedom of expression and privacy online. Now we can begin a new chapter in this battle for internet freedom by working toward much needed reform on the antiquated and often oppressive copyright laws, and promote a culture that is conducive to creativity, free expression, and an open internet."
Access is an international NGO that promotes open access to the internet as a means to free, full and safe participation in society and the realization of human rights. For more information, please contact Mike Rispoli, Access Campaign and Media Strategy, at firstname.lastname@example.org