The Gallo report on stricter intellectual property rights enforcement was just voted in plenary by the European Parliament. The rapporteur Ms. Gallo from the Christian Democrat group EPP won, and our side lost.
The report was adopted with 328 votes in favour, 245 against, and 81 abstentions.
Before the vote on the report, there was a separate vote on the alternative resolution supported by the Greens (including me as a Pirate), the Social Democrats and the Left group. We lost this vote with 235 votes in favour, 373 against and 48 abstentions.
This was a setback, but the fight for a free and open Internet and sensible copyright reform goes on regardless.
The positive spin on the vote would be that only half the members of the parliament actually supported the report. This was a very controversial report, and the discussions on the matter will no doubt continue.
But today in plenary was a defeat.
Andra som skriver om voteringen: Henrik Alexandersson
The Gallo report as proposed by the rapporteur (EPP group)
Alternative resolution by the Green, Social Democrat and Left groups
Alternative Resolution by the Liberal group
Previous articles on the Gallo report