Why Is A Treaty For Letting The Blind Have Access To Books Too Difficult, But ACTA Is Fine?

from the questions,-questions dept

We've pointed out the hypocrisy of the industry folks who are eagerly supporting the expansion of copyright via ACTA, but who are against a few very limited simple exceptions to copyright for the blind in a new WIPO treaty. However, in defending this position, a European Union Commissioner, Michel Barnier, has explained to the European Blind Union, that doing a treaty is just too hard, and it's much easier to just do a much more limited "joint recommendation," which would be a lot weaker. As KEI's Jamie Love points out in the link above, it seems odd here that the EU is admitting that it's too difficult to bother creating new treaties around copyright... at the same time it's heavily involved in ACTA and a number of other copyright treaties. Apparently it's only worth undertaking that kind of effort when it ratchets copyright up in favor of industry. The blind? Eh. Not worth the effort...
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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 4 Mar 2011 @ 3:41am

    Tired.

      • Envisional was commissioned by NBC Universal to analyse bandwidth usage across the internet with the specific aim of assessing how much of that usage infringed upon copyright.
        ∘ http://documents.envisional.com/docs/Envisional-Internet_Usage-Jan2011.pdf
         ∘ The study shows a dramatic reduction in copyright infringement for music.
      • RIETI - Research Institute of Economy, Trade & Industry, IAA - Study about piracy showing that it actually helps sell more DVD's.
      • RIETI - Do Illegal Copies of Movies Reduce the Revenue of Legal Products? The case of TV animation in Japan
        ∘ http://www.rieti.go.jp/en/publications/summary/11010021.html
        ∘ Author Name: TANAKA Tatsuo (Faculty Fellow, RIETI)
        ∘ Creation Date: January 2011 11-J-010
      • The Norwegian Music Industry in the Age of Digitalization. (Richard Bjerkoe, Anders Sorbo)
      • Date of submission: 01.09.2010
        ∘ http://www.scribd.com/doc/37406039/Thesis-Bjerkoe-Sorbo
        ∘ The study shows that the music industry in Norway is growing despite piracy claims to the contrary.
      • Jailhouse Frocks: Locating the Public Interest in Policing Counterfeit Luxury Fashion Goods
        ∘ http://bjc.oxfordjournals.org/content/50/6/1094.short?rss=1
        ∘ http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1649773
        ∘ David S. Wall and Joanna Large (2010)
        ∘ This article seeks to locate the public interest in policing counterfeit luxury fashion goods by separating it out from the broader debate over safety-critical counterfeits such as aircraft parts. Meaning to stop wasting resources trying to protect something that doesn't need protections like luxury fashion goods.
      • PRS for Music - Economic Insight 20 – Adding up the UK music industry for 2009
        ∘ http://www.prsformusic.com/creators/news/research/Documents/Economic%20Insight%2020%20web.pdf
      ; • The Swedish Music Industry in Graphs - Economic Development Report 2000 - 2008 - Dec2009
      • Daniel Johansson & Markus Larsson (December 2009)
        ∘ http://www.trendmaze.com/media/1038/swedish_music_industry_2000-2008.pdf
      • Legal, Economic and Cultural Aspects of File Sharing
    Nico van EIJK, Joost POORT, Paul RUTTEN (2010)
        ∘ http://www.ivir.nl/publications/vaneijk/Communications&Strategies_2010.pdf
       &n bsp;∘ The studies demonstrate that filesharers buy more secondary merchandise and there is no apparent change in purchasing habits from them in relation to music.
      • Intellectual Property Rights and Innovation: Evidence from the Human Genome
        ∘ Heidi L. Williams
        ∘ July 2010
    http://papers.nber.org/papers/w16213

    "Celera's short-term IP thus appears to have had persistent negative effects on subsequent innovation relative to a counterfactual of Celera genes having always been in the public domain."

      • Wired - Labels: Lower Music Prices And Increase Your Profits, Study Says
      • By Eliot Van Buskirk (January 29, 2010 11:57 am)
        ∘ http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/01/labels-lower-music-prices-and-increase-your-profits-study-say s
      • File-Sharing and Copyright
    No. 09-132
    Felix Oberholzer-Gee and Koleman Strumpf
    Strategy
    May 2009
        ∘ http://www.hbs.edu/research/pdf/09-132.pdf
        ∘ http://www.hbs.edu/research/facpubs/workingpapers/papers0809.html#wp09-132

    So much to read and so little time all those studies saying that copyright is crap its just tiresome LoL

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