Russian President Skeptical Of Today's Copyright Laws
from the outdated-and-obsolete dept
"With regard to the protection of intellectual property, in particular copyright, trademarks, trade secrets and patents, we recognize the need to have national laws and frameworks for improved enforcement. We are thus renewing our commitment to ensuring effective action against violations of intellectual property rights in the digital arena, including action that addresses present and future infringements."Straight out of the RIAA/MPAA playbook, of course.
And the only one willing to point out that this made little sense, apparently, was Dmitry Medvedev, who pushed back:
"The declaration reflects an absolutely conservative position that intellectual property rights should be protected according to the existing conventions," said Medvedev. "No one questions that, but I have repeatedly stated that, unfortunately, those conventions were written 50 or almost 100 years ago, and they are unable to regulate the whole complex of relations between the copyright owner and users."I think the final sentence may be accurate, though, I'm sure that heavy lobbying from the entertainment industry impacts their views as well...
Characteristically unafraid to ruffle his fellow leaders' feathers, Medvedev continued "Unfortunately, this was not included in the declaration because, in my opinion, my colleagues have a more conservative opinion than is necessary at the moment. Or maybe they just don't use the Internet and have little understanding of it."