Sunday, September 17, 2006

Bad Mojo for Public Domain and Creative Commons

Now those of you who know me, know that I usually rail against the copyleft "the-sky-is-falling" attitude. I'm not one to tolerate panic and paranoia in a well-reasoned debate. I often argue against people claiming ASCAP is going to start screwing artists and such positions.

Well, I'm seriously saying "the sky if falling" on this one. WIPO is looking to adopt a treaty that would impinge on the freedom of Public Domain and Creative Commons works. The page below is US-centric, but the general letter and information is still useful to people in other countries. You'll just have to look up your own government representatives instead of using the mail form.

"The World Intellectual Property Organization's (WIPO) 'Treaty on the Protection of Broadcasting Organizations' is protection, all right: a protection racket for middlemen in the TV and Internet worlds.

"If adopted, the WIPO treaty will give broadcasters 50 years of copyright-like control over the content of their broadcasts, even when they have no copyright in what they show. A TV channel broadcasting your Creative Commons-licensed movie could legally demand that no one record or redistribute it—and sue anyone who does."

Take action!

P.S. For you non-US people:

Find your Canadian MP

Contact the Canadian PM

Find your UK MP

Contact the UK PM

Contact the French National Assembly


Marco Raaphorst said...

really sick. we have to take actions!

BjornW said...

Yeah, we should, but how can we get more people interested in these topics? I mean, most people won't sift through pages and pages of information. Personally I already don't want to and I'm interested in this stuff...I belief we need to create 'instructional' media such as video's or maybe even music which explain these issues to a greater audience...What do you people think?