Thursday, May 10, 2012

The unavoidable death of ACTA

The controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is dead, and the world's copyright industry will have to change to suit people, rather than vice versa.
Many thousands of people are willing to protest against rules which they see as constraining the openness and innovation of the Internet.
This is a strong new political voice.
I welcome it, even if I do not always agree with every how and when.
The Internet has to become a place of freedom, openness, and innovation fit for all citizens, not just for the techno avant-garde.
Industries should not follow the business models of the past, otherwise they would limit opportunities in the future.
The past was based on limitation and control, today we talk about customer focus, sharing and interactivity.
Limited business plans would strangle innovation and freedom. The treaty is still waiting for a ratification vote in the European Parliament, probably the whole thing will be called off.
The reality is that people don't want ACTA, and while such schemes seem perfectly reasonable in private, they will fail if put to a vote.
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