IIPA's Section 301 Filing Shows It's Really Not At All Interested In Reducing Copyright Infringement
from the incredible dept
But if your goal is to actually reduce infringement, then wouldn't you want to encourage the use of legal software? And by encouraging the use of open source software, you are making it that much less likely that infringement will be a problem, since the software will be cheaper. Basically, the IIPA is flat out admitting that it's not actually interested in reduced copyright infringement. It's abusing the USTR's Special 301 process to set up protectionist policies for the companies and organizations it represents -- and trying to use that process to deny efforts to actually reduce infringement.
This is really incredible when you think about it. Even though the USTR 301 report is supposed to be about figuring out ways to reduce infringement in countries around the world, the IIPA is trying to shoehorn open source software into the mix, claiming that it's somehow worse than infringing. While many of the IIPA's complaints have to do with mandates for open source software, it even goes after Indonesia, which is just recommending gov't agencies consider open source software -- and here, the IIPA basically exposes its agenda even further:
It encourages a mindset that does not give due consideration to the value to intellectual creations. As such, it fails to build respect for intellectual property rights...Yes, you read that right. The IIPA is claiming that telling people to consider open source technologies -- which are not at all "anti-intellectual property rights" -- "fails to build respect for intellectual property rights" and doesn't properly value intellectual creations. In other words, in the eyes of the IIPA, properly licensed software that happens to be under an open source license is worse than infringing because of its price.