Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Copyright, son of ACTA

We all hoped that the draconian copyright conditions contained in ACTA and PIPA had been quashed. But no, they are at it all over again. The EU is now considering, behind closed doors and in secret just as they did with ACTA, the Canadian trade agreement, CETA. And guess what, it’s less about trade than about Intellectual Property rights and it contains just the same sorts of anti consumer legislation and Internet controls as ACTA. 

So far the discussions are so secret nobody knows the exact details, a draft has not been published, there have been no open discussion. Clearly they are hoping to get this in through the back door pretending it's just a trade agreement, but some details are leaking.

I have no problem with granting inventers and artists a reasonable and sensible copyright so they can benefit from their work and ideas, but I have serious problems with everything in our culture belonging to someone, especially when it ends up in the hands of faceless corporations and IT/copyright rights traders.  All artists and inventers lift their ideas, language and skills from their existing culture, copyright should be an agreement respecting all members of society and recognising that innovation sits on the shoulders of existing science and culture. Intellectual property rights should never be a carte blanch imposition over user’s rights in favour of vested interests. This is something to watch carefully.

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