Uncle Sam signs to support money men in stifling innovation

I downloaded this extract from a new treaty, signed by The U.S. et al, from the afterdawn website http://www.afterdawn.com/news/article.cfm/2011/10/03/acta_would_allow_copyright_holders_to_veto_new_technology?utm_source=newsletterENG&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20111007  :

In order to provide the adequate legal protection and effective legal remedies
referred to in paragraph 5, each Party shall provide protection at least against:

(b) the manufacture, importation, or distribution of a device or product, including computer programs, or provision of a service that:

is primarily designed or produced for the purpose of circumventing an effective technological measure; or

has only a limited commercially significant purpose other than circumventing an effective technological measure.

Basically it’s an agreement to allow the entertainment industry to have  veto power over new technology under a provision in ACTA, the intellectual property treaty signed on Saturday in Japan.

The intention is to stop anyone from finding ways around copyright protection but it also allows Big Business to stifle innovation, in order to protect profits.

The whole purpose of copyright is to reward innovation and so encourage it.
This is a recipe for stagnation and acts contrary to The World’s interests.
If a new device compromises Society’s gift of copyright then Society needs to find a new way of rewarding such innovation, not by stifling further innovation.

Perhaps if copyright couldn’t be transferred from the original creator, then the incentive to circumvent it would be reduced, as people would see its justification in a better light.





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