EU and the Anti-Piracy Pact
The European Parliament rejected by a wide majority the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). This agreement is an international copyright deal which, critics say, threatened internet freedom. This might give an incentive to other signatories to also walk out, forcing the renegotiation or the outright abandonment of the agreement. "No emergency surgery, no transplant, no long period of recuperation is going to save ACTA: it is time to give it its last rites, it is time to allow its friends to mourn and for the rest of us to get on with our lives," British socialist David Martin, who drafted parliament's opinion on ACTA, said before the vote.