Yesterday there was a brief flicker of hope that the United States might reform its ludicrous copyright and patent regimes – a hope given birth by a study paper published by the Republican Party, of all people.
Inter alia it made the perfectly correct and completely accurate observation that:
Copyright violates nearly every tenet of laissez faire capitalism. Under the current system of copyright, producers of content are entitled to a guaranteed, government instituted, government subsidized content-monopoly.
Now, though, the hope has been snubbed out. The paper has been withdrawn.
In Europe we do not suffer from some of the excesses of the US’s “intellectual property” regime. But we feel the chill wind of every regressive shift there and our politicians – of all parties – are just as susceptible to the arguments used by vested interests to extend copyright – recently the EU simply stole goods off the public by retrospectively lengthening copyright terms in response to big money lobbying from “rights holders” (fronted up by Cliff Richard). There was no suggestion that any of the UK’s three major parties were in any way opposed to this licensed thievery.
- An Anti-IP turn for the GOP? (theamericanconservative.com)
- House Republicans: Copyright Law Destroys Markets; It’s Time For Real Reform (sharingisliberty.wordpress.com)
- Republicans Repudiate 40 Years of Tougher Copyright Laws (volokh.com)