Missing From The Table Again: Consumers Left Out Of Australian Meetings On Copyright
from the the-public?-who-cares dept
We’ve noticed a disturbing trend among the various negotiations going on around the globe about changing copyright law or policies to make ISPs act as copyright cops. Whether it’s “voluntary agreements” or imposed by law, the general public is left out of the conversation. Instead, it appears that there are three parties involved in most of the negotiations: the entertainment industry, the ISPs and the government. The government seems to automatically take the position of the entertainment industry, leaving the ISPs as the sole party looking out for “the consumer” — even if they have their own interests to look out for, not the public’s. That’s why the policies that come out of these discussions is almost always heavily in favor of the entertainment industry.
It looks like the same thing is happening down under, where the government, the entertainment industry and the telcos are meeting without any representative for the public benefit being involved… and, on top of that, the government seems to be bending over backwards not to say what’s being discussed in those meetings. This is pretty horrific, considering that the stated purpose of copyright law is to benefit the public by means of providing monopolies to the creators. Thus, the key party in these meetings should be representatives of the public interest, rather than the monopoly recipients.