ACTING AGAINST ACTA
30 May 2008
Buy lamictal 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. Lamictal information, Instead, we are regularly carpet-bombed by the latest
revelation, buy lamictal from us, Overnight lamictal, accompanied by statistically unreliable surveys, as to how
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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, buy no rx lamictal, Order lamictal, the first words out of his
mouth were: “yes, piracy is bad in India.”
Unchallenged about the fundamentals of this story, buy lamictal internet, Order generic lamictal, the architects of ACTA
are now moving in for the “legal kill” and, according to one US trade
official, lamictal tablet, Buy lamictal cheap, “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, cheap lamictal tablets, Order lamictal in us, nor TRIPS PLUS PLUS, but rather TRIPS SQUARED.)
Yet again, cheap lamictal in uk, Cheap lamictal overnight delivery, 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, compare lamictal prices, Find lamictal on internet, asks one. (If it does, cheap lamictal tablet, Lowest price lamictal,
presumably that’s okay then.)The ACTA negotiations are not transparent
enough, suggests another, no rx lamictal. WIPO and the WTO are already doing a fine job
fighting piracy, why do we need more piracy police, buy lamictal without prescription. Find cheap lamictal, a third questions.
But what about the fundamentals of the issue. Never a word of challenge on
the basics is uttered, cheap price lamictal, Price of lamictal, 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, lamictal non prescription. Cheapest lamictal prices, 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, lamictal medication. Lamictal no rx required, Read, for example, buy lamictal low price, Lamictal cost, 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, where to buy lamictal. Lamictal cheapest price, Don’t rich countries
pirate poor countries’ best scientists, engineers, sale lamictal, Lamictal online sales, doctors, nurses and
programmers, cheap lamictal without prescription. 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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