The European Parliament has voted down ACTA, the controversial antipiracy and anticounterfeit treaty, blocking any signing EU member state from ratifying it into law.
Dozens of countries have had closed-door meetings in preparation for an upcoming worldwide debate over changes to a telecommunications treaty, which threaten to block Internet freedom.
United Nations summit breaks down after U.S., Canada, and other democracies refuse to sign treaty that would hand a U.N. agency more authority over how the Internet is managed.
Most of the EU member states have signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, or ACTA, but opponents are urging citizens to lobby European Parliament members not to give their approval.
EU's executive arm vows to make sure a global anti-counterfeiting treaty won't force countries to disconnect people for illegally downloading copyrighted content.
Lawyer says Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement is "something that has grown in the shadows, Gollum-like" and will affect Net users.
After years of political skirmishing, a previously secret draft of digital copyright treaty has been made public. It encourages broadband providers to disable access to infringing Web sites.
Secret negotiations over a once-obscure draft treaty called the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement prompted an unusual rebuke from the European Parliament.
Weeks after President Obama said his administration would be open and transparent, it claims that a copyright treaty under consideration is "classified in the interest of national security."
After receiving complaints about the lack of transparency in negotiations for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, the Obama administration is releasing a summary of the proposed treaty.