Consumer Group Wants ACTA Discussions Stopped Until Consumer Rights Are Represented In Negotiations

from the would-be-nice,-but-seems-unlikely dept

We've discussed in great detail how the current ACTA treaty has been mostly driven by corporate interests as a way to sneak in more draconian copyright laws through international treaty, rather than through legislative means. When consumer groups have requested a seat at the table, they've been rejected, even as industry lobbyists have had no problem being active participants in the process.

Now, a group called the Trans Atlantic Consumer Dialogue has demanded ACTA negotiations be put on hold until consumer groups have a real seat at the table, or at least are given access to documents being negotiated. TACD raises a number of important issues, such as respecting privacy rights and the rights of developing nations, who are often trampled over when it comes to IP protectionism from developed countries. But best of all, it points out one of the most annoying things in all efforts by copyright holders to extend copyright protection: they never, ever present any evidence for why it's necessary. It's an evidence-free zone. TACD specifically requests that real evidence be used:
Public policy on the enforcement of intellectual property rights should be informed by creditable evidence, transparent and realistic assumptions and objective peer reviewed analysis. Multiple approaches to addressing the legitimate concerns of right owners and consumers should be considered.
  • Statistics on counterfeiting and or infringement must be objective, accurate, and presented in the appropriate context.
  • Statistics on counterfeit and substandard medicines should not be combined when this misleads policy makers about the extent of either problem. The solutions to counterfeit and substandard products are often quite different.
  • Estimates of losses from infringements of intellectual property rights should be based upon realistic demand and usage parameters.
  • Governments should collect and analyze statistics on the relationship between infringement and affordability of products.
Here's TACD's full proposal:

Filed Under: acta, consumer rights, copyright, counterfeiting, evidence, lobbyists, privacy, secrecy
Companies: tacd

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    Pjerky (profile), 29 Jun 2009 @ 11:31pm


    Ok, so apparently you (Anonymous Coward talking about gauging demand) are missing the truth here. Demand for buying the real thing or the original, in the past, has been shown to actually INCREASE because of free. The presence of free doesn't skew the information, if anything it gives more power to the consumer to demand good products and ignore shitty products.

    The case of the original Napster is a great example. For the better part of two decades album sales had been dwindling, then Napster came around and all the sudden the sales of albums in the stores jumped in correlation with the use of Napster. This is because people got a taste of part of an album and decided that it really is worth spending $15 on it. Whereas in the past, unless someone just really loved a band or highly anticipated an album, people generally would choose not to buy it. This is because the sense of risk at wasting money on a terrible album prevented them from even trying it out.

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