by Mike Masnick

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eu, lobbyist, maria martin-prat, regulatory capture


EU Hires IFPI Lobbyist To Lead On Copyright Issues; How Do You Spell Regulatory Capture?

from the shameful dept

The revolving door between companies and government isn't just a US phenomenon. Over in Europe, the EU Commission has hired one of the recording industry's top lobbyists to head up copyright issues, including the ongoing negotiations over ACTA and IPRED2. Prior to taking this new job Maria Martin-Prat's title was Deputy General Counsel, Director of Legal Policy and Regulatory Affairs at the IFPI. So now she gets to put in place the very one-sided policies that she lobbied for for years. That's what's known as regulatory capture, around these parts. Pretty amazing, really, that the EU would so blatantly abdicate the interests of citizens to a single industry.

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    Mike42 (profile), 30 Mar 2011 @ 1:44pm

    The IP Golden Age

    Read this, and note what she says about not building a factory. http://www.wired.com/magazine/2011/03/ff_adafruit/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm _campaign=Feed%3A+wired%2Findex+%28Wired%3A+Index+3+%28Top+Stories+2%29%29
    I have seen this opinion mirrored in many places. Apparently, the US and other "innovative" countries will design and prototype the worlds products, while other countries will manufacture them. Wow! Aren't we lucky we're a creative and innovative country?
    But wait! What's to stop the manufacturing companies from stealing the designs and using them without paying us? We know there's no way that any other country can beat us at smart design innovation, so we need to beef up all intellectual property laws everywhere so that the new Golden Age can occur!
    This is great for creatives, but what about all the hard workers? You know, the ones who worked the lines, built the bridges and skyscrapers? What's that name for them, oh yeah, the MIDDLE CLASS? I guess they just need to move to one of the manufacturing countries, because there's no non-creative jobs here! Well, actually, I'll pay you a dollar to mow my lawn, then you can go!

    Please, someone tell me I'm being paranoid, and that I should put my tin-foil hat back on and STFU. Please.

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