United Nations States Jailing Of Illegal File Sharers Is ImmoralAdded: Tuesday, November 17th, 2009
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The Director-General of the group affiliated with the United Nations (UN), the World Intellectual Property Organization, has came out with a shocking speech during the 5th International Forum in India, where he remarked about the jailing of convicted illegal file sharers, and is not the solution to digital piracy.
Francis Gurry, has held his long respected position at the WIPO for many years, which was originally founded to "encourage creative activity, to promote the protection of intellectual property throught the world", he said. Being in a UN position such as this, many are surprised for his support of p2p freedom and harboring new copyright laws within the member bodies of the UN.
In front of a huge crowd, during the convention, he stated, “I don’t believe we are going to win this, to find the solution by putting teenagers in jail. I think that is not going to win public sympathy. Part of the battle here is to sensitize the public to the fact that there is a real issue involved. It is not simply a victimless crime." He also mentioned that the the world itself needed to evolve, just as technology has in recent years.
During the conference, the Minister for Commerce of India, Anand Sharma, backed the remarks of the Gurry, and added that there "needs to be a better balance in intellectual property systems" globally. Of course a copyright holder is entitled to the proper funding earned from their product which they lease the rights to, but at the same time, it's far more important to ensure the world that knowledge can be shared whether digitally or via word of mouth, or even in textbooks.
Until the laws which were written during a time of struggle and lacking "digitalization" are changed, then we as a world cannot enforce such outdated laws against youths whom actually commit not a serious crime. Each economy of the world needs greatly to reform and innovate new and creative technology laws in respect to copyrights and those whom designed the product.
Just earlier this week, during a WIPO Advisory Committee summit on enforcement, Brazilian and Pakistani officials submitted proposals which stated that the enforcement of piracy itself cannot be a "one size fits all" approach, and that each nation has it's own economic struggles within the means of reality.
While in no actual international "meeting of the minds" have any nations publicly stated that "jailing" file sharers is an enforcement procedure, many nations, France and South Korea, have tough legislation, such as the "three-strikes" controversy, which basically remove ones freedoms without proper representation. The United States, and The United Kingdom, however, are embroiled in enacting tough new laws in part from pressures from industry insiders, against file sharers. In the U.S. for example, if one is fined outrageous fines for file sharing, and cannot pay them, they will not only lose all they own, but be imprisoned.
While this type of hypocrisy exists in certain nations against file sharers, while murderers and rapists and drug dealers are walking the streets, shows a true lack of judgment in this humble author's opinion. In my eyes, incarcerating any individual for sharing information is not only sad but immoral. Let's hope that within the coming months the world realizes that these laws need reformed. One of my favorite sayings, is this, "If one chooses not to evolve, they will become a fossil.", and oh how true is that in so many aspects? Only time will tell.
November 17th, 2009Posted by: Date:
Tuesday, November 17th, 2009
|Nice Read OBS thanks|
|wow! luv that Gurry dude..gonna put him on my christmas list..thx OBS|
|posted by (2009-11-18 03:11:21)|
|I agree, in a world where thousands of children disappear each day, victims of horrible crimes and a woman is raped every three minutes. where drunk drivers kill whole familys and countrys where wholesale murder is the norm who gives a flying rats a** about a this? Yeah you can guess it......the fat cats sitting on thier moneybags! Mr. Gurry isn't harsh enough in condeming these corporate lard butts. It is truly immoral and idiotic to WASTE the legal systems time, our resources and the massive funding that goes to keeping this travesty going on and all in the name of stopping this so called crime.|
|posted by (2009-11-18 03:22:33)|
|Thanks Obs another fine read,|
And thank you carolina, for saving my fingers from typing. You said it all.
|posted by (2009-11-18 03:51:17)|
|nice read bud thanks|
|posted by (2009-11-18 09:10:50)|
|file sharing,is a right,and we should do it, always,,one thing they might object against us: cam ripping..perhaps this cam ripping is not really necesary..but about dvd, blue ray, somebody is actually buying it, and if he chooses to share with other people, wheres the wrong doing?|
we have to have the FREEDOM to do whatever we want with what we buy,,once we bought it belongs to us,,thanks obscene..
ps, i dream of a world inwich filesharers, shares between eachother things that helps them progress, things that educate their mind, and also entertain them..no more porn, no more all these things..is my dream,,allow me to dream:)
|posted by (2009-11-18 21:31:17)|
|wait a minute peterchrist... you say if someone actually BUYS the dvd or bluray he/she can share it freely if chosen... dont forget the ridiculous price of movie tickets that our cammers have to pay to see, sometimes multiple times to get a good quality rip of it... if they bought the tickets, they bought the camera, bought the batteries and bought the computer and equipment which they upload it on they should be able to freely share it... if not then they will have to shut down all theatres and release straight to dvd from now on... which YOU KNOW wont happen... some movies make $30+ millions dollars opening weekend|
|posted by (2009-11-18 21:32:54)|
|and P.S..... porn will never die : )|
|really well written piece....thank you|
|posted by (2009-11-18 23:07:24)|
|nicely said and i think all the drugies ect should be put up against the wall and tickled with stuff|
|first thank you OBS....and a second thank you to Carolina...and the third goes to everyone else who gave me a chance to lol|
|@ macbeth ROFL... tickled with stuff... haha|
|so im kinda confused by wut your sayin, is the gov basically throwin in the towel on stoppin ppl from file sharing? or are they just lightenin up on sentences||
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