Google Lawyer Says ACTA Is 'Cultural Imperialism'

from the going-too-far dept

With the official release of ACTA finally out, it's good to see various organizations speaking out against the many problems found in the draft agreement. We've already covered the detailed arguments against ACTA supported by numerous organizations. And now, a Google lawyer, Daphne Keller, has spoken out harshly against ACTA as well, calling it "cultural imperialism" that had "metastasized" and "grown in the shadows, Gollum-like," from a document that was supposed to just be about dealing with counterfeit goods at the border, to a serious challenge to copyright laws around the globe. And, indeed, it is a form of cultural imperialism, in that it seeks to export certain aspects of US copyright law around the globe... while critically leaving out the consumer protections and necessary exceptions. I wonder if the USTR, who is negotiating the agreement on behalf of the US will put up Keller's words on their website next to the entertainment industry letters in support of ACTA that it's put on the USTR website? Or, does the USTR only listen to Hollywood on this particular topic?
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    Freedom, 10 May 2010 @ 9:37am

    Way to go Google!

    I'm not sure why there is a growing tide of a fear with Google. Yes, they are extremely competitive and yes they are extremely capitalistic, but those things aren't evil. If/when they grow too big, they'll be knocked back a peg or two just like Microsoft was. Until then, at least they are balancing the cr*p coming out of Apple and giving us some options for a change. I don't know about you, but living in a would of Apple Nazis isn't for me.

    One of the awesome things I've seen out of Google that encourages me to believe that their core DNA is still intact is their pull out from China and now this.

    You may not like a company that makes money or competes, but Google is one of the few companies I know that is able to balance pure self interest/profits vs. 'do no evil'.


    P.S. If Google is evil, what does that make Steve Jobs/Apple - uber evil x 5? I don't see them speaking out against this... Oh that right, they are too busy going off on Adobe.

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