EU Commissioner Asks Big Copyright To Increase Their Lobbying Efforts For More Draconian Copyright Law
from the of-course-he-does dept
So it probably comes as little surprise that, in a recent speech about intellectual property issues in Europe, he directly appealed to copyright holders to increase their lobbying, because those darn critics of stronger copyright apparently are speaking up too much:
I would like to call upon you to support our efforts to improve and implement IPR regimes in a more active manner. The European Commission defends your interests by promoting the development of effective IP systems, within the EU and also in third countries. However, we are increasingly faced with loud voices that come out against IP for many different reasons, often unfounded. We need you to help us to help you by enlarging the debate.This is pretty funny. The debate has been totally and completely owned by those in favor of stricter, more draconian copyright law -- contrary to almost all evidence on the best levels of intellectual property rules and enforcement. The critics simply don't get heard at all.