by Mike Masnick
Tue, May 1st 2012 11:59pm
This keeps happening. Governments forget that the purpose of intellectual property law is to provide the best net value to the public, instead of thinking that it's just to help "industry," on the incorrect assumption that this must benefit the public in the long run. Han alerts us to the news that Singapore has now set up an "IP Steering Committee" to try to turn the city/state into an "intellectual property hub." The steering committee appears to have lots of industry representatives, and government officials who are in charge of representing the industry's interests -- but not a single person representing the interests of the public. That seems like a pretty major oversight, and more or less guarantees that what comes out of this will be abused by companies, rather than a useful and effective system for the benefit of the public.
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