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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    Hephaestus (profile), 10 May 2010 @ 10:04am

    Re: Welcome to the new globalism

    "Exerting your control through semi-willing compliance via one-sided trade agreements do what wars never could: they exert influence and control in a way that invites far less pushback. Trade is the new armed imperialism...."

    I agree but do have to point out one thing. It works for material items, it does not work for information. Information doesnt have a material form, it is the song running incessantly through your head, one plus one equals two, a poem by T S Eliot, gossip, and any idea or concept. Information is intrinsically, and by it very nature, something that can not be embargoed. Any attempt to prevent the spread of information has historically not worked or caused the loss of infomation.

    Humans are social creatures that for about 100,000 years as we have shared information. In 1440 the first movable type printing press was invented. By the late 1600's the printing press had spread all over europe. In on 10 April 1710 the Statute of Anne entered into force. Copyright is an artificial restriction on the flow of information that only came about due to the creation and spread of the printing press.

    It is in our nature to share information, and any artificial attempts to prevent this sharing are doomed to failure. Which is why I dont really worry much about ACTA. In 20 years when ACTA is shown to be an total and complete failure that doesnt deter or even slow down infringement a smarter form of copyright will evolve. More than likely way before 20 years.

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