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Ferris welcomes European Parliament rejection of internet piracy law

4 July, 2012 - by Martin Ferris TD

The Sinn Féin spokesperson on communications Martin Ferris TD has welcomed a decision by the European Parliament today to reject a proposal to sign into EU law corporate-sponsored legislation which would have the effect of restricting the use of internet sites. The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement is now in effect dead in the water despite many EU states, including Ireland having ratified it earlier in the year.

Deputy Ferris said:

“I am delighted that this attack on internet and intellectual freedom, sponsored by global corporations, has been rejected. I was one of the few members of the Oireachtas to raise and oppose the measure when it was signed by Minister for State Seán Sherlock.

“Today’s overwhelming defeat of ACTA highlights not only the fact that MEPs of all sides responded to mass opposition, but unfortunately also the craven attitude of the Irish government in having signed this into domestic law without a genuine debate and without a vote of the Irish legislature.”

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