The European Parliament just voted to reject the ACTA treaty.
The treaty was rejected with 39 votes in favour, 478 votes against, and 165 abstentions.
Before the vote on the ACTA treaty itself, the Conservative groups EPP and ECR tried to postpone the decision until after the European Court of Justice has delivered its verdict on the treaty. The motion to delay the process was defeated with 255 votes in favour, 420 votes against, and 9 abstentions.
This is the end of a dossier that the Pirates and the Green group in the European Parliament have been working hard on ever since we got elected three years ago, and it is a great victory.
The victory belongs to all activists who have been bloging, demonstrating, and contacting members of the European Parliament to persuade them to vote no. It was only thanks to the pressure from the outside, from ordinary citizens deciding to make a stand for freedom, that we were able to win this.
Together we have proved that under the right circumstances, and with a lot of hard work, committed citizens can make their voice heard in the European Union.
This is a very valuable lesson for the future.
Thank you, everybody who helped!
Picture by Christian Engström, free for publication CC0
You can check how individual MEPs voted at Votewatch.eu