Singapore Creates 'IP Steering Committee' Without A Single Representative For The Public's Interest

from the total-failure dept

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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    Richard (profile), 2 May 2012 @ 3:34am

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    No it isn't, me thinks you need to read up more on it, no where does it say to provide net value to the public
    Sorry - you are flat out wrong here - you display the classic symptoms of 300 years of brainwashing.

    Both the original Statute of Anne and the US constitution clause portray the purpose of copyright and patent as for the "encouragement of learning". Clearly that purpose, translated in to modern economics-speak, is equivalent to providing net value (broadly interpreted - not purely monetary value) to the community as a whole.

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