Well Done Internet -- ACTA Has Been Vanquished

By Sam Gibbs on at

Has common sense finally prevailed thanks to political unrest against the horrendously overreaching anti-piracy acts we've been faced with of late? It seems so, as ACTA is essentially dead in the water according to the European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, and it seems the world's copyright industries might have to change to suit people rather than us bend to their will, as SOPA's essentially dead in the US too.

Apparently it's all to do with your protests, so give yourself a pat on the back, as Neelie Kroes said:

"We have recently seen how many thousands of people are willing to protest against rules which they see as constraining the openness and innovation of the Internet."

For what its worth Kroes isn't totally against the uprising by the public either, as she concluded, "This is a strong new political voice. And as a force for openness, I welcome it, even if I do not always agree with everything it says on every subject."

So it seems for the time being, democracy has done its part against poorly thought-out, overbearing legislation, and I for one am glad. Let's hope the next time they come up with something like this it's a little more constrained and less dangerous to the whole of the internet. Maybe the media industry will even rethink its business model off the back of this and give us what we want, when we want and at a price we can afford; unlikely, but one can hope. [WSJ]

Image credit: Stop ACTA