EUROCRATS who have been negotiating a secret treaty with the US that would trample on human rights to keep the music and film cartels happy have been sent a rocket by the European Parliament.
MEPs have voted in overwhelming numbers against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that was being negotiated by EU Commissioners. By 633 votes in favour, 13 against, and with 16 abstentions, the MEP's also threatened to take them to the European Court for their trouble.
The secret treaty would turn Europe into an entertainment industries' dream region. ISPs would become police for the music and film industries and would have to switch off whoever they suspect of filesharing that infringes copyrights.
Europe would be forced to adopt laws like America's DMCA, which is currently being used by the media companies as a legal tool to stifle rivals, censor the press and suppress political dissent.
However MEPs were furious that such treaty negotiations that were going to sell out EU freedoms to the Big Media MAFIAA were being conducted in secret. They said that such negotiations were illegal under the Lisbon Treaty.
The Commissioners who have been involved with the negotiations claim that there is nothing to worry about and that there would be no loss of freedoms. However the MEPs were concerned about leaks of the draft documents which seemed to give far too much away to the American corporations for very little in return.
While France has seemed happy to surrender its revolutionary ideals so that its President could hob-nob with Hollywood stars on the French Rivera, other governments are furious that the EU Commissioners want to take away the power to tell the Americans to sod off and get a life.
Faced with such overwhelming opposition, the EU Commission will have to rethink its plans for the treaty.
It is deeply ironic that the Old World has now given the New World a lesson about democracy and freedom. It just goes to show that those middle class terrorists who revolted against their lawful King to create the so-called "land of the free" had no real interest in liberty and were only in it for the money. µ
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