"I recently found myself debating the head of the British Phonographic Institute, our local equivalent of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). He's Britain's top lobbyist for the collapsing record industry, and he said a remarkable thing.
Before all the shenanigans started, I had to tell this incredibly complicated story: "Here's this UN body you've never heard of. Here's this subcommittee of that body. Here's this insanely complicated copyright treaty they're working on, and here's this really difficult-to-grasp but vitally important thing it's going to do to the Internet."
After the shenanigans, the story got much simpler: "We went to Geneva to take part in this Internet treaty negotiation and they threw out our handouts, gamed the system to keep us out of the room, and shouted at us for writing down what they said."...
Friday, April 24, 2009
Cory on the secret international world of copyright policymaking
Cory Doctorow has a wonderful polemic on the secret processes by which copyright policy gets made, as per the ongoing ACTA negotiations, and the unintended benefits that accrue to copyfighters as a result.