Copyright War Evolving Between Rights Holders and Consumer Groups Added: Wednesday, July 7th, 2010
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The infamous ASCAP letter campaign, launched a while ago, where ASCAP accused consumer groups like Public Knowledge, Creative Commons and EFF of undermining their copyright and promoting “copyleft”, has caused plenty of controversy. One could believe it was just a single case that was poorly worded. However, it wasn’t.
Seems like the war between copyright owners and consumer groups is constantly growing throughout the US. ASCAP made a first step when it sent out letters to its members reading that outfits like EFF, Creative Commons and Public Knowledge are undermining their copyright. All of the groups accused said with one accord that the ASCAP’s assumptions are incorrect and false.
If looking at the case from this side, one could believe that ASCAP probably made simply misguided comment, which moved a little too far and saw the light of day just by accident. Well, it’s actually a kind of absurd to accuse Creative Commons of undermining someone’s copyright, since the company merely deals with licenses that creators are able to use to help distribute their work. Despite of so many negative comments on ASCAP’s letter campaign, another establishment is now attacking the consumer groups.
BillBoard has posted the words of the NMPA’s (National Music Publishers Association) CEO, David Israelite. The main idea of the speech resembled one from the ASCAP letters. The consumer groups are called a “growing enemy” having no respect for copyright. Namely, the EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation), PK (Public Knowledge), the CEA (Consumer Electronics Association) and the CCIA (Computer and Communications Industry Association) were called extremists with drastic anti-copyright agenda. This saying is based on the assumption that all the groups mentioned above have an economic interest in the copyright infringement.
Perhaps, the copyright outfits are starting the war in response to the consumer groups’ calling doubt in the validity of statistics provided by RIAA and MPAA. Anyway, the fact this war is happening is absolutely surreal, not to mention escalating to this point. Looks like consumer groups are doing a better job of looking out for performers than outfits claiming to do the same. It’s no good that consumer groups now face the need to defend the performers’ interests as well, against the interests of outfits intended to collect royalties for copyright owners.
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Wednesday, July 7th, 2010
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