Philippines IP Office: Anti-Counterfeiting Meeting Isn't About Kowtowing To Corporate Interests… Except That It Is
from the that's-a-denial? dept
Earlier this year, the US government admitted that it was funding special programs in conjunction with WIPO (the World Intellectual Property Organization) to help push anti-counterfeiting enforcement efforts around the globe, despite tons of evidence that counterfeiting isn’t a big problem, and actually is massively smaller than the industry makes it out to be. That US funding led directly to a secretive meeting in the Philippines, that was entirely one-sided, focusing solely on companies and their desire for greater enforcement against counterfeits.
Over the weekend, however, Cory Doctorow called WIPO out on this meeting, noting that it wasn’t even on WIPO’s website, and appeared to go against WIPO’s own agenda concerning recognizing the “broader societal interests.” This resulted in WIPO giving a weak defense of the event — while also distancing itself from the event (saying it was only part of the first two days — and the rest were from the Philippines government).
That, in turn, resulted in this somewhat hilarious attempt at a defense of the event from the Philippines IP Office. The IP Office first denies that this is a one-sided event designed to help big sponsoring companies… and then goes on to admit that’s exactly what it was about in the very next sentence:
?Strictly speaking, the workshops sponsored by these corporations will, of course, teach our law enforcement officers how to act in the interest of those business entities,? observed Ricardo R. Blancaflor, Director General of Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL). ?However, it is also true that these brands are the most pirated in the country. They have lost a lot of profits due to piracy.?
That’s very convincing.