ACTING AGAINST ACTA
30 May 2008
Buy adalat without prescription, As more details about the proposed ACTA pact continue to dribble out, the
responses printed on this list, in IP Watch, and elsewhere rather miss the
main point, in my view.
For at least the past five years, copyright and patent owners and their
representatives in the halls of power, whether in Washington or London or
other rich IP-exporting countries, have used the term and concept of
“piracy” to capture the international agenda in our field.
In copyright, for example, where do we read about how copyright blocks
access to books or leads to ever greater commodification and sameness in
our culture. Adalat prescription, Instead, we are regularly carpet-bombed by the latest
revelation, cheap adalat from uk, Buying adalat, accompanied by statistically unreliable surveys, as to how
piracy is, find cheap adalat, Cheap adalat no prescription, one week, killing the music industry, best price for adalat, Find no rx adalat, and the next week, the
film industry, adalat professional. Order no rx adalat, Lock ‘em up, cut off their Internet access forever, order adalat online, Buy discount adalat, piracy
funds terrorist cells: the articles never cease in this steady drip after
It is certainly working. When I was recently in Goa and told a Canadian
that I was doing some research on copyright, adalat alternative, Adalat us, the first words out of his
mouth were: “yes, piracy is bad in India.”
Unchallenged about the fundamentals of this story, adalat medication, Adalat without prescription, the architects of ACTA
are now moving in for the “legal kill” and, according to one US trade
official, adalat bangkok, Adalat pharmacy online, “the United States will strive to complete the agreement before
the end of 2008.” (As a colleague and I joked sadly last week, ACTA is not
TRIPS PLUS, where to buy adalat, Order adalat no prescription required, nor TRIPS PLUS PLUS, but rather TRIPS SQUARED.)
Yet again, cheap adalat online, Order adalat on internet, the responses from many NGOs and legal observers simply
question the ACTA-making process, but never the substantive issues at
Does ACTA define the term “piracy” properly, adalat cheap drug, Buy cheapest adalat, asks one. (If it does, find adalat online, Order adalat no prescription,
presumably that’s okay then.)The ACTA negotiations are not transparent
enough, suggests another, find discount adalat. WIPO and the WTO are already doing a fine job
fighting piracy, why do we need more piracy police, buy adalat without prescription. Discount adalat without prescription, a third questions.
But what about the fundamentals of the issue. Never a word of challenge on
the basics is uttered, buy cheap adalat online, Order discount adalat online, never a counter analysis is given.
Buying into this shameful piracy rhetoric or responding defensively or
talking solely about the process will get us nowhere, except for a few
more flights to Geneva, buy cheap adalat internet. Adalat for order, And it is exactly how those who have captured the
copyright and patent agenda want us to respond.
Instead, what we need more voices which directly challenge and
contextualise ACTA’s piracy discourse, adalat in us. Cost adalat, Read, for example, cheap adalat in canada, Adalat online pharmacy, the words of my
friend Roberto Verzola of the Philippines (as quoted on page 73 of the
Copy/South Dossier: www.copysouth.org)
“If it is a sin for the poor to steal from the rich, it must be a much
bigger sin for the rich to steal from the poor, buy discount adalat online. Adalat canada, Don’t rich countries
pirate poor countries’ best scientists, engineers, tablet adalat, Buy adalat overnight delivery, doctors, nurses and
programmers, buy adalat pills. When global corporations come to operate in the Philippines,
don’t they pirate the best people from local firms. If it is bad for poor
countries like ours to pirate the intellectual property of rich countries,
isn’t it a lot worse for rich countries like the US to pirate our
In fact, we are benign enough to take only a copy, leaving the original
behind; rich countries are so greedy that they take away the originals,
leaving nothing behind.”
Senior Lecturer, Intellectual Property Law
Kent Law School
University of Kent
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