by Mike Masnick
Mon, Nov 30th 2009 7:33am
Well, here we go again. Reports are coming out of India about new draconian copyright law changes that were apparently decided on between the government and the recording industry with little to no input from everyone else the new laws would impact. Among the concerns? The new law would significantly strip fair use (fair dealing in India) rights, to the extent that they are effectively useless. This seems to happen over and over again in different countries. The recording industry and copyright maximalists of course will all claim that it's in an effort to "harmonize" the rules between countries, but harmonization is a codeword for a big game of leapfrog, whereby the industry pushes for more draconian laws in one country, and then demands that other countries need to "harmonize." Of course, somewhere along the way, they also convince one or more of those countries to make their "harmonized" law even more draconian than others, and suddenly everyone else has to "harmonize" again, leaving open the opportunity to ratchet the laws up even more.
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