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
    ChimpBush McHitlerBurton, 22 Jan 2009 @ 4:00pm

    Re: Re: Re: Relativistic Laws

    Mark Wrote:

    "Piracy is infringement because it is getting something for free, but in the form of a copy of the original. The owner of the original item is still in possession of said item."


    Could we get this straight please? I don't care what the IP owners *want* to call it, obtaining IP without license is NOT PIRACY. It may be illegal, it may be unethical, it may be infringement...

    But to call it piracy is to attempt to use phraseology which is emotionally loaded in order to gain some form of advantage over one's enemies.

    A pirate *attacks* his victim, *destroying their home or vessel*, in an attempt to *rob* the victim by way of *violence* to obtain the victims *personal possessions*, with the *intent to later sell those spoils* for some profit.

    To call some zit-faced teen in his mom's basement, downloading a shitty, lowrez screen-cap of The Dark Night a pirate, is to basically sully the name of pirates.

    The kid is a two-bit skimmer if anything.

    Pirates have a long history. Their deeds and M.O. are well known. Please stop using the term "pirate" to describe what amounts to petty theft. Pirates commandeer oil tankers on the high seas and kill the crew, then ransom the $100 million in oil back to the original owners. They don't download movies illegally.

    On their off time, they may watch illegally obtained movies, but it's their zit-faced teen nephew who obtains them. AND HE'S NOT A PIRATE!

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