US's Global IP Cops Bemoan Anti-IP Activists For Making Their Lives More Difficult

from the just-as-bad-as-pirates,-apparently dept

One of our readers, Virginia, alerted us to a report concerning a gathering of US IP Attaches (basically, the US gov't's international copyright cops that we send around the world to try to enforce draconian IP policy), in which they spend most of the time complaining about how countries around the world don't agree with the US's view on intellectual property and are quick to ignore it when possible. In fact, those countries often don't even want to invite their US counterparts to meetings because they're "too aggressively pro-IP."

Of course, rather than take this as a sign that maybe their views are too aggressively pro-IP, they instead want to blame anyone who is pointing out the dangers of being so aggressively pro-IP. The article quotes US Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue, saying that US IP cops can't just focus on pirates and counterfeiters, but need to start worrying about those of us crazy enough to point out the dangers and downsides of aggressively pro-IP policies:
"[There is a] second threat [from] a growing movement of anti-IP activists drawn from universities, foundations, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), ideologically driven interest groups, and even governments."
You see, we're not a part of the debate and the conversation -- perhaps showing how their strong belief in stronger IP is dangerous -- but we're a "threat" that needs to be dealt with. Nice to know that the US's worldwide IP enforcers have such open minds.

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  1. identicon
    LostSailor, 22 Jan 2009 @ 3:47pm

    Re: Re: Re: Relativistic Laws

    The reason why it is stealing from teh public domain, is because they are actively removing an item from the public domain.

    That presupposes that the right of "ownership" of created content lies with the public all along, which is not necessarily true. IP laws are protection of the content creator's rights in the content he/she creates, balanced against the general public good in the use of that content. That the pubic welfare has an interest in created content is different than saying they have a right in that content.

    You can certainly argue that the balance has been tilted too far toward the content creator and against the public good, and I'd likely agree with you. But if it's incorrect to call copying "stealing" then it's equally wrong to call IP laws "stealing".

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