MPs Questioned Appointment of EU Commission’s Copyright HeadAdded: Thursday, April 7th, 2011
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A number of MPs have questioned the judgment of appointing the ex-chief attorney at the IFPI, saying that the general public won’t trust the European Commission to address copyright problems in an unbiased manner. Actually, Maria Martin-Prat is the same person who said 8 years ago that private copying shouldn’t exist at all.
The recent move couldn’t help but angered many concerned with overzealous copyright enforcement efforts: the ex-chief lawyer of the IFPI has somehow been appointed to the post of the EU Commission’s new copyright head. No-one can say for sure that a former pro-copyright outfit’s head of Legal Policy and Regulatory Affairs will be now unbiased when leading the EU Commission’s copyright enforcement efforts. As if it wasn’t enough to build ground for worries, it became known that Maria Martin-Prat said in a 2003 IP rights conference that private copying shouldn’t exist and therefore should be limited further than it was at the moment. Particularly, Martin-Prat insisted that allowing public to make personal copies of CDs they have already paid for would prejudice the interests of the copyright owners.
Although the appointment won’t take effect until next week, several MPs are already questioning the wisdom of the decision. For example, Christian Engström, MP from the Swedish Pirate Party, has submitted a letter to the European Commission, asking whether the Commission not see any troubles in appointing people from special interest outfits, particularly for the positions directly related to their ex-employers. He pointed out that such appointments can’t help to build confidence with the EU Parliament and the public that the European Commission can really be trusted to address copyright-related matters in an unbiased manner.
Previously, when news just broke, Christian Engström expressed an opinion that at least now the public knows that all the European Commission is worrying about is the wealth of big business. Moreover, it seemed like the Commission didn’t even bother to try to hide it anymore.
Christian Engström is not alone in his thoughts – some other MPs also can’t help but think that each time new Copyright head of the Commission makes a statement honest-minded public will remember that the statements are coming from the same person who believed that general public is not allowed to make private copies of CDs they have bought absolutely legally.
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