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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    Keill Randor, 22 Jan 2009 @ 4:19pm


    The problem here, is easily described by one word:


    We have a small group of people deciding the rules for everyone else, (and enforcing them), whilst hiding behind an illusion that the rules are beneficial for more people than they actually are.

    (Note: I'm a musician and composer, so I have some investment in this).

    For thousands/millions of years, humanity existed without such things as 'intellectual property' - even civilization precedes it by a long time. So the first thing to understand is that civilization will NOT end if such an invention should disappear - for an invention it is, and a very recent one...

    As we all should know - copyright was originally invented to protect the profits of book making factories, to stop people from copying their books so they could recoup the investment of making the factory etc..

    It was only later - (with the bearne convention) - that the whole 'compensate the artist as an incentive to create future works' comes into play.

    What is happening is that the latter view is basically being corrupted to become a modern day equivalent of the original version of copyright - it now exists to protect the profits of the large corporations that try and control most of the media.

    However, it must be understood that all this is actually working AGAINST humanities inherent behaviour, (which we obeyed without problem thousands of years). Because of this, in order for any of the 'intellectual property' law to actually be 'moral', it must compensate humanity for the loss of it's previous 'rights' and behaviour, which is something the original bearne convention tried to do.

    These days however, it's become so corrupted again, that it cannot be called 'right' or 'moral' on a grand scale. Yes, on a small scale - dealing with composers/musicians personally/directly - it can be, but that doesn't give these corporations any money...

    Neither does copying/distributing the material without their permission, even if it is normal human behaviour...

    The fact is, if you want to change human behaviour fully - you need two things, and carrot and a stick.

    The problem with most media corporations is that they're so afraid, they've forgotten about the carrot, and are getting the governments to enforce the biggest stick they can.

    And they'll LOSE, since HUMANITY always wins, even if it takes a thousand years...

    Of course, if they USE humanity and human nature, rather than fighting it, they MIGHT actually WIN - but they don't understand how...

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