by Mike Masnick

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acta, europe, privacy

European Privacy Czar Very Worried About ACTA

from the copyright-shouldn't-trump-privacy dept

Michael Scott points us to IPKat's coverage of a report put out by the European Data Protection Supervisor, which is in charge of privacy interests in Europe, about some serious concerns in ACTA. The report actually came out a few months ago, but just recently showed up in the Official Journal of the European Union. The EDPS is quite worried that no one seems to be taking privacy issues into account in the ACTA negotiations -- and, in fact, suggest that privacy issues should have been included from the very beginning. There are also concerns about a variety of individuals rights:
While intellectual property is important to society and must be protected, it should not be placed above individuals' fundamental rights to privacy, data protection, and other rights such as presumption of innocence, effective judicial protection and freedom of expression
Of course, to date, we've seen little, if any concern from ACTA negotiators for any of these things.

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    Hephaestus (profile), 11 Jun 2010 @ 9:54am

    Re: Re: Re:

    "IP maximalists are so lacking in foresight in their protectionist radicalism that they cannot see how they're merely setting themselves up for a future strangling on their own tripwires."

    This is actually something they are counting on. It sets up barriers to competition. (see the contradictory rules line below)

    "They're awfully intent on making a world in which they'll find it terribly difficult to function or survive."

    Pretty neat though. They are setting themselves up in such a way that they are locked into a specific system. The pharma houses, record labels, TV studios, and movie studios want these elaborately contrived and contradictory rules that prevent competition. The contradictory rules part allows for them to come after you even if you do follow the rules they themselves follow.

    This makes them predictable and easy to come at from an oblique or odd angle. From their perspective these rules and laws are there to prevent "Competition". If you change the premiss from "we want to compete with them" to "how do we remove them" or "how do we cause their failure". The rules and laws they worked so hard for no longer apply, and they become an easy target.

    Perspective, Premiss, and Procedure.

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