US Copyright Office, MPAA Celebrate Handing Hollywood Stars Their Own Special Copyright Monopoly Powers
from the oh,-phew,-the-mpaa-was-on-hand-to-help dept
So remember how we were just talking about WIPO passing a totally unnecessary new form of monopoly protection for Hollywood movie stars? The negotiations concluded with everyone — including the US — already “signing” the agreement, and now countries just need to ratify it. In a rather sickening display of cluelessness, the US Copyright Office put out an announcement about just how awesome it was that they were able to lock down some more culture to make a few Hollywood stars happy and able to block anyone from creating mashups or remixes of their work.
Copyright Office boss, Maria Pallante, who incorrectly believes that copyright is “for the author first and the nation second,” was overjoyed at being able to give Hollywood actors more power to lock up content they performed in, over which they have no copyright interest:
“The Beijing Treaty is an important step forward in protecting the performances of television and film actors throughout the world,” said Register of Copyrights Maria Pallante.
But, um, why do they need this? No one ever answers that question, because the answer is they don’t need this. At all. It’s just a way to lock up culture some more. It’s sickening.
Not surprisingly, the Copyright Office’s announcement plays up the fact that the MPAA was in Beijing to help the US negotiate. And, of course, Chris Dodd is just thrilled at how awesome this treaty is, and how it shows how “substantive” treaties can be created. Yeah, there’s no regulatory capture going on here… none at all. And, um, who was there to represent the public’s interest? Who was there to make sure that our culture wasn’t locked up and that free speech and technology weren’t stifled? No one. Pallante then says that:
“There was a renewed atmosphere of cooperation and collaboration among all of the delegations in attendance….”
Well, you know, that’s what happens when you only invite your friends, and leave the public and the public interest out in the cold. She might as well have just been more honest and said what the truth is: “For the Hollywood stars first, and screw the nation.”
And I thought after the SOPA/PIPA and ACTA debacles, Hollywood and the US government has promised no more backroom deals signed just to support Hollywood…