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Dutch Parliament Kills ACTA before the EU Vote

  • 30-05-2012 2:54am
    Closed Accounts Posts: 3,625 ✭✭✭

    Lawmakers in Holland have voted to strike down the international Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), slammed by many as a free speech and information access choker. Dutch MPs have also ruled the government will never sign any such agreement.

    The Dutch parliamentarians have opted not to wait for the EU’s vote on ACTA which is set for June, with consultations kicking off already this Thursday.
    "The treaty should be taken off table, whatever the decision the European Parliament should take," said MP Kees Verhoeven, a major sponsor of Tuesday’s motion in the Dutch Parliament.

    Lisa Neves Goncalves, a spokeswoman for the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, said the government had earlier this year stated it would not sign off on the treaty until it was clear it did not breach the Dutch or EU constitution.

    As the controversial bill is making its slow way through the EU Parliament, the UK Pirate Party, the Open Rights Group (ORG) and the French La Quadrature Du Net are calling for more anti-bill rallies.

    Gotta love the Dutch!


  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 12,524 Mod ✭✭✭✭Amirani

    Shame our politicians couldn't have such balls.

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 4,725 ✭✭✭charlemont

    The Dutch know how to run a country.

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 13,030 ✭✭✭✭Chuck Stone

    Dutch version of the news.

    Legislators strike down ACTA for fear it will place restrictions on free speech and information sharing.

    Corporate News version.

    Dutch drug addicts and prostitutes attack freedom and capitalism by refusing to act in accordance with the wishes of the international community.

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,625 ✭✭✭flyswatter

    Shame our politicians couldn't have such balls.

    Indeed. Fair play to them.

  • Registered Users Posts: 25,068 ✭✭✭✭My name is URL

    Shame our politicians couldn't have such balls.

    They'll probably come out now in support of the Dutch parliament and put a spin on it that suggests that they have always been opposed to the proposal for ACTA. Bunch of weaselly fookers.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 14,163 ✭✭✭✭danniemcq

    wait hang on...

    They are all for freedom of the internet yet have blocked not only thepiratebay but also they took down the proxy work around that was on the piratebay site.

    hmmmmmm whatever about torrent sites the blocking of proxy guides should always be allowed

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,041 ✭✭✭cocoshovel

    Whats that little scrawny git sean sherlock up to these days anyway?

  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 7,102 ✭✭✭Stinicker

    exshelent, gweat ditch puple