EU Trade Committee MEP’s dismiss Acta

hackerThis was a vote I was waiting to hear what the results of as I blogged about the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (Acta) law on copyright protection and illegal file sharing of media back in April HERE. Today sees the results of the EU parliamentary committee  who voted against this law by 19 to 12.

“Acta aims to tighten rules on both online and offline piracy but has attracted many critics.

One of its harshest detractors has been UK MEP David Martin, the lead member of the committee.

Speaking after the Inta vote, he said: “This was not an anti-intellectual property vote. This group believes Europe does have to protect its intellectual property but Acta was too vague a document,” he said.

He said that it “left many questions unanswered”, including the role of ISPs in policing the internet. He also said that many on the committee felt that the sanctions for breaches of copyright were “disproportionate”.”

Although this is not the full parliamentary vote on this law, it is seen by many as the death-nail to it as the committee involved with this vote are who advise the main parliament which way to vote.

 

Read the full article at BBC News HERE

EU Acts to end Mobile Phone Roaming “rip-off”

banner_roamingI think this is great news in this day and age and especially as we are in the main mostly using smart phones like Apple iPhones, Microsoft  Windows Phone, Google Android and Blackberry’s which are all heavy users of data. Under new rules agreed by the European Parliament, consumers will pay no more than 29 cents (24p) per minute to make a call and 70 cents (59p) per megabyte for data downloads across Europe.

“Charges to fall from 1 July; consumers will be able to choose roaming service provider.

The European Parliament and member states have reached an agreement on new rules that will further reduce the cost of using a mobile telephone abroad within the European Union.

The legislation replaces price caps for mobile roaming that were first introduced in the EU in 2007 but which expire at the end of June this year.

The price caps are significantly lower than those proposed by the Commission in July 2011, although they are not as low as those put forward by MEPs.”

Read the full article at EuropeanVoice.com HERE