The European Parliament Votes to Reject ACTA, Social Media Marketing Agency, fishbat, Inc., Discusses Implications

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By a 478 to 39 vote, the European Parliament rejected ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, on June 4th, 2012. Labeled by many as the successor to SOPA, the agreement had been protested by many politicians, businessmen and the public.

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), a multinational treaty that would have set international regulations for the enforcement of intellectual property rights, was rejected by the European government by a 478 to 39 vote on July 5th, 2012. There were 146 abstentions. Originally signed by Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore and the US in October 2011, the 22 of the EU’s member states signed the agreement in January, 2012.

In response to a petition titled “End ACTA and protect our right to privacy on the Internet,” White House Ambassador Miriam Sapiro released a statement, part of which states that “We believe that ACTA will help protect the intellectual property that is essential to American jobs in innovative and creative industries. At the same time, ACTA recognizes the importance of online privacy, freedom of expression and due process, and calls on signatories to protect these values in the course of complying with the Agreement.”

By striking down ACTA, the European Parliament ensures that individual countries in the EU cannot ratify ACTA into their local sovereign law. Sida Li, director of social media at fishbat, an online marketing agency, says “the European Parliament’s decision may set a precedent for how other countries’ governments decide to treat the agreement, but it is not completely dead in the water. In fact, parts of ACTA could very well appear in the form of another agreement or bill somewhere down the line.”

fishbat, Inc. is a full service online marketing firm. Through social media management, search engine optimization (SEO), web design, and public relations, fishbat strives as a marketing firm to raise awareness about your brand and strengthen your corporate image.

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