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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Filed Under: acta, ip, justice minister, lithuania, protectionism, remigijus simasius

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    wvhillbilly (profile), 11 Feb 2012 @ 7:03pm

    Re: ACTA, Patents and trolls oh my

    It's about time somebody showed some sense on all this IP overreaching. It's like the IP industry wants to lock everything up solid forever, do away with all safeguards against misuse, do away with any form of fair use and tilt everything completely in their favor. And the penalties for even minor infringement I would liken to 20 years at hard labor for jaywalking.

    I wish somebody would pound some sense into the heads of these IP freaks that want everything all for themselves and nobody else and understand that this has to be a two-way street, not all take and no give.

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