Lithuanian Minister Of Justice Says ACTA Is Unnecessary, Doesn't Actually Help Creators And It's Time To Reevaluate IP

from the nicely-said dept

Here's yet another example of a European official speaking out against ACTA. However, unlike in many other countries, where it appears to be politicians merely pushing back on public backlash, and urging caution and public review, the Lithuanian Justice Minister, Remigijus Simasius, has completely condemned ACTA and said that it should lead to a wholesale re-evaluation of IP rights system itself.
The essence of my comment was that certain provisions of ACTA are new to our legal system (more severe punishment, more control of internet providing services) and I do not see why those provisions are necessary.

I have also stated that our life is more and more dependent on R&D, new inventions, creativity. Existing IP protection system, however, is more about protecting the IP protection industry than a protection of inventors and authors. Current debate worldwide is a clear sign that we have to re-evaluate the existing IP rights system.
While it'll be interesting to see how far all of this goes, it's quite notable just how much backlash the SOPA overreach is suddenly creating -- where all sorts of skepticism about existing copyright law is suddenly coming out in more mainstream places.
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  1. identicon
    Boo Boo, 11 Feb 2012 @ 6:26am

    Respect Lithuania

    Respect Lithuania !! You have the balls to stand up to the US and yet another of their HollyWood inspired and sponsored
    control bills.
    Those in the digital content business need to accept that sharing of their content cannot be stopped , its what people do on the internet.
    Naturally they are not accepting it , hence PIPA / SOPA / ACTA and god knows what else is being thrown at us.
    Think ' control ' ' walled gardens ' ' paywalls ' - Big content cannot think beyond these , and their answer are these horrible bills that are designed to impact billions of internet users to the benefit of a handful of content producers.
    Whats worse is that governments are siding with them by trying to force these things into law.
    Its a marriage made in hell, big content gets its control , governments get to close down any website it feels is a threat.
    Has anyone ever seen such a determined multi pronged attack strategy aimed against any other industry aside of the internet as we know it today ?

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