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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Filed Under: acta, copyright, daphne keller
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    Dark Helmet (profile), 10 May 2010 @ 7:26am

    Welcome to the new globalism

    If we learned anything from the past two thousand years or so, it's that globalism via military conquest is difficult if not impossible. In all reality, the idea behind globalism is control and power. In years past, those seeking to control with power were monarchists/despots looking to profit by gripping the world. Today, with the emergence of democracy/republics/socialist states, power no longer rests in single families or dynasts. Now that power rests almost singularly in national and multi-national corporations.

    War is messy. 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....

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