Results of Open Meeting Over UK Copyright LawAdded: Thursday, September 29th, 2011
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Last week a meeting, expected ever since the British copyright fiasco became clear, finally happened, and the Communications Minister has faced the opponents of the copyright bill that has been enforced against all online services connected to copyright violation. Earlier, the controversial Voluntary Code of Practice between the British Internet service providers and copyright owners was only debated behind closed doors. Such turn of event could satisfy neither the media nor the public.
Finally, last week a session, organized by the Tax Payers Alliance, took place, with representatives from the Open Rights Group, the Pirate Party, Open Digital Policy and other copyright-concerned coalitions. During the meeting all the participants were exchanging the ideas. For example, the Chief Technology Officer for Timico UK claimed that the industry should find more conventional methods of preventing the digital piracy than take websites offline. The matter is that website blocking is not just ineffective, but also the collateral damage will involve constraints on innovation and freedom of expression.
Open Rights Group pointed out that the meeting failed to consider the proposals of the copyright owners only because they hadn’t been yet published. However, it is not hard to guess that the proposals in question will represent a lobbying tactic to keep the pressure on enforcement and control instead of market failure. The outfit sees its task as to set out another agenda considering societies’ interests, not only those of IP owners.
By the end of the long-anticipated meeting, the country’s Communications Minister seemed to be very enthusiastic about organizing a new one between the group and copyright owners. At the same time, industry observers doubt that this event would be able to change anything. They point out that they can’t be blamed after the long history of communication failures lying behind the Minister’s “righteous” path.
Until the next meeting takes place, the discussions between copyright owners and Internet service providers about filtering and the most convenient way to apply it will go on. Thus far, they haven’t reached an agreement, with differences over costs, the legal process and legal coverage, all of which are very controversial issues.
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Thursday, September 29th, 2011
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