Kroes says ACTA unlikely to be signed in the EU

The ACTA treaty, which was built secretly between big content and world governments, is unlikely to get the blessing of the European Union.

Scourge of the software companies Neelie Kroes, who is the European commissioner for telecoms and technology said that we will be in a world without SOPA and ACTA. Skeptics will remain cynical.

ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, has been signed by 22 of the EU’s 27 countries, as well as the US and Japan.

Ryan Heath, a spokesman for Kroes’s office, told the Guardian that while the Commission thought ACTA was useful it was unlikely to get through.

The EU executive is due to make public new rules to ensure that musicians and film-makers get paid, while it is trying to overhaul the trade bloc’s copyright rules.

But the EU fears that its own reviews will come up against the same kind of resistance as Sopa and Acta. Jeremie Zimmermann, from internet advocacy group La Quadrature du Net told the Guardian that there had been a tremendous mobilisation of citizens around the world against SOPA and ACTA, and it would be political suicide for the commission to propose another repressive regime.People who have been scrutinising the bill may well be awaiting a replacement, regardless.

In April the EU asked the European Court to examine ACTA’s lawfulness, after politicians and campaigners said the agreement would allow companies to spy on ordinary internet users. That ruling is more than a year away.