re: Pirate Party’s copyright reform cannon could sink copyleft

Posted: July 29, 2009 in intellectual property law, technology, internet, etc.
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According to an article published on Monday 27th July by Ars Technica:

Copyright is a deeply entrenched part of the legal system and any changes will have far-reaching implications. The challenges posed to copyleft by copyright reform efforts demonstrates the complexity of the issue and reflects the difficulty that reform advocates will face in devising a reasonable balance between the rights of content creators and consumers.

Well, Amen to that. I would not be surprised if after few years of debating issues concerning IP, advocates of the reform would invent a system somewhat similar to the current one.

Which brings to mind sensible and well-balanced opinion of Jeremy Phillips expressed in his editorial ‘It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to’, published in Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, where he stresses:

If we do not support the Pirate Party’s aims, we must engage it in debate and oust it from the moral high-ground which it currently seeks to occupy. We must explain why we need to restrict access to, and control the use of, digitally recorded works. We must prove that software patenting, within the existing limits or beyond them, are justified. If we cannot produce a better and more persuasive case, we deserve to lose the argument.

(Phillips, J., ‘It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to’, Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, 2009, Vol. 4, No. 7, p. 451)

The editorial is available here, while Pirate Party’s Declaration of Principles could be obtained here.

Finally, let’s hope that Ars Technica reported nothing else but beginning of such a debate.


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