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September 25, 2006

Activist irony on the Broadcast Treaty

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One interesting note: the anti-IP chavistas here at WIPO are gleeful at the prospects of the U.S. killing the Broadcast Treaty.

This is because they don't believe in property or property rights, and they believe corporations are inherently evil. So, duh, they oppose a treaty that protects the property rights of broadcasting organizations.

The irony, however, is that it's specifically language that reflects the beliefs of these activists that is the poison pill that threatens to kill the Treaty.

So, while they are happy that the Treaty is in danger, how fulfilling a thrill can it be knowing that it's your beliefs that are so repulsive that they threaten to bring down 8 years of work?

And, also, can someone tell me why the U.S. is working with these anti-IP chavistas  on the Broadcast Treaty, as opposed to running as fast as they can in the opposite direction?

Finally, why on earth have some U.S. corporations that I otherwise respect chosen to enlist these anti-IP radicals in their efforts to oppose the Broadcast Treaty? The radicals themselves are surprised. Here's an easy prediction: The companies will regret this alliance. These anti-capitalist, anti-IP NGOs are the enemies of business, of profits, of capitalism, of true innovation, and of property rights. You should wear garlic around your necks when you see them coming, not enlist them as allies in your coalitions. Because, like the scorpion and the fox, these guys will sting you the first time they get a chance without compunction, because that's what they do.

Of course, this works both ways. The IP skeptic NGOs should understand that they are simply being used by corporations to further the corporations' agenda. How's that feel, guys?

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