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An open letter to Victoria A. Espinel, US "IP Czar"

Apr 01, 2010, 09:02 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Terry Hancock)

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"Earlier today (March 24th, 2010), I submitted this response to the IPEC call for public comment on future Intellectual Property enforcement policy. Given the short notice (only six days!), I was not able to come up with a more detailed response, but I did want to express my dismay at the way these policies are being framed.

"Ms. Espinel:

"I am writing in response to the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) call for written comments on Intellectual Property enforcement. First I would like to congratulate your agency on having the sense to ask the PUBLIC what is in the PUBLIC interest, rather than holding meetings behind closed doors with so-called “stake holders” (which means biased corporate enterprises with vested interests in protecting their monopolies). This is forward motion, and I do appreciate it.

"Nevertheless, I am distressed to find you considering yet more draconian measures to impose disruptive market controls on an economy which is already flailing and thrashing due to the excessive influence of corporate monopolists on government decision making. “Intellectual Property” is killing us as a society, by actively impeding the much more important and fundamental goals of “Intellectual Freedom.”"

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