After ACTA What Next?

We may have gained a breathing space by the public outpouring of dissent against ACTA, but it will not go away, and we need to keep up with events in progress – for what follows it could be worse!

Lets start with the article at “Euro MP David Martin dismisses anti-counterfeiting treaty”

“A controversial anti-piracy agreement should be rejected by the European Parliament, a key Euro MP has said.” Reading through the rest of the article may give the impression that the recommendation is to scrap the whole thing, but this is not actually the case.

“The intended benefits of this international agreement are far outweighed by the potential threats to civil liberties,” he said in a written recommendation to the European Parliament. But that wasn’t the only thing he said, by any means. The full recommendation reveals the ugly truth:-

“Your rapporteur therefore recommends that the European Parliament declines to give consent to ACTA. In doing so, it is important to note that increased IP rights protection for European producers trading in the global marketplace is of high importance. Following the expected revision of relevant EU directives, your rapporteur hopes the European Commission will therefore come forward with new proposals for protecting IP.

“In January the UK’s Intellectual Property Office said in a statement: “Acta is important for the UK as it will set an international standard for tackling large-scale infringements of IPR, through the creation of common enforcement standards and more effective international co-operation.” I don’t think we have any supporters in this bunch either!

It is as if they have progressed from the “House of Cards” to the “House of Invisible Cards”.

Much of what we are seeing today seems to be derived from the writings of Peter Drucker, “The Man who Invented Management”, but it seems that greed got between theory and practice. “Although he helped many corporate executives succeed, he was appalled when the level of Fortune 500 CEO pay in America ballooned to hundreds of times that of the average worker. He argued in a 1984 essay that CEO compensation should be no more than 20 times what the rank and file make — especially at companies where thousands of employees are being laid off. “This is morally and socially unforgivable,” Drucker wrote, “and we will pay a heavy price for it.””
From Wikipedia – Peter Drucker.

And this is what we are fighting – GREED!

And this is exactly why the complete Intellectual Property system needs to be completely overhauled – from top to bottom – until it becomes “fit for purpose”, and serves the whole community – not just the top elite!

Morally and socially unforgivable – Drucker was absolutely right!


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