Entertainment Industry Continues To Try To Sneak Copyright Expansion Through ACTA
from the more-sunlight dept
We’ve been pointing out how there needs to be a lot more sunlight shone on the discussion surrounding the new “ACTA” treaty, which is basically a way for the entertainment industry to sneak through new copyright laws without getting Congressional approval. Basically, the entertainment industry writes this international treaty, and the US Trade Representative gets it approved. Then, suddenly you get stories from lobbyists for the industry about how we need to change our copyright laws to live up to international agreements. Sneaky, right?
Now, according to William Patry, the US Trade Rep is resisting calls to open up the process by which ACTA is written, by claiming that ACTA is really pretty minor and won’t require any substantive changes in US law. Of course, that’s turning out not to be true at all. At that link, Patry looks at the RIAA’s suggestions for ACTA, many of which would substantially change copyright law, in rather astounding ways.
It’s a laundry list of an ideal world for the RIAA. Basically, everyone else would be responsible for policing any form of unauthorized usage for the entertainment industry. Things that are now civil offenses would become criminal, and the RIAA would have much lower burdens of proof. ACTA is turning into an agreement designed to prop up the RIAA by forcing everyone else to try to force the market to pretend that technology doesn’t do what it was designed to do, and to try to hold back the more efficient market innovations that impact the established industry’s business model. And they want to do it all in secret and without letting Congress even have a say in the process. And, to make it even better, it’s apparently now on the fast track for approval.