Music Industry Lobbyist Appointed EU’s Copyright BossAdded: Wednesday, April 13th, 2011
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Within the last years all pro-copyright outfits have been lobbying extensively for stricter anti-piracy legislation. Now this task may become easier for European groups, since an ex-music industry lobbyist was recently appointed as the head of a unit dealing with copyright and enforcement problems at the European Commission. For example, the ex-IFPI employee is tasked with hurrying through the ACTA trade agreement.
Music industry lobby group IFPI is proud to be the most active DMCA sender of the last year, and is also well-known for its aggressive anti-piracy tactics. For example, it was one of the driving forces behind The Pirate Bay recent trial and is emerging now and then in the news of launching lawsuits against file-sharers. Meanwhile, IFPI is lobbying in the political arena for more instruments to fight piracy in the Internet, with different results. But now, with a recent appointment at the copyright unit of the EC, it seems that the outfit’s influence might increase significantly.
Maria Martin-Prat, previously working as Director of Legal Policy and Regulatory Affairs at IFPI, is now appointed to lead the EU unit dealing with copyright issues, which means that she is currently responsible for shaping oncoming copyright legislations at the European Commission. Obviously, her view on copyright will unlikely be objective.
Christian Engstrom, Pirate Party MEP, is unhappy with the selection, but considering the ins and outs of the EC coupled with the dominance of lobby groups, it wasn’t a big surprise for him. He sadly comments on the announcement that the European Union is the place where the huge business lobby outfits are calling most of the shots at the European Commission, while the EU citizens are seen only as a nuisance to be ignored. Engstrom also believes that the only real news is that the authorities didn’t even bother to hide it this time.
In other words, after the selection of Martin-Prat as a head of the EU unit dealing with copyright and enforcement issues, the Europeans will have to accept more restrictive copyright law, as well as more effective enforcement of current legislation. At the same time, IFPI members are celebrating the news, dancing with excitement.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article
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Wednesday, April 13th, 2011
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