Wednesday, September 28, 2005

FT.com / Comment & analysis / Columnists - James Boyle: More rights are wrong for webcasters

James Boyle provides a strong argument against the proposed WIPO Broadcasting and Webcasting Treaty...
FT.com / Comment & analysis / Columnists - James Boyle: More rights are wrong for webcasters: "First and most lamentably, intellectual property laws are created without any empirical evidence that they are necessary or that they will help rather than hurt. Second, the policymaking process has failed to keep track of the increasing importance of intellectual property rights to everything from freedom of expression and communications policy to economic development or access to educational materials. We still make law as though it were just a deal brokered between industry groups – balancing the interests of content companies with those of broadcasters, for example. The public interest in competition, access, free speech and vigorous technological markets takes a back seat. What matters is making the big boys happy. Finally, communications networks are increasingly built around intellectual property rules, as law regulates technology more and more directly; not always to good effect."