October 6, 2005  ·  Lessig

Jon Potter has a response to Jamie Boyle’s piece about the Broadcasting and Webcasting Treaty under consideration at WIPO. Notice how Potter’s justifications are tied exclusively to “piracy.” And notice (now that I tell you) that those (very few) corporations pushing this treaty have consistently rejected a treaty limited to “piracy.” Not also the absurdity in this (non-IPR based) right being granted for 50 years. And note that practically every major rights organization has opposed the treaty.

  • http://www.highprogrammer.com/alan/ Alan De Smet

    Potter’s playing a more subtle trick. He’s not arguing that he needs to 50 year right in general. He’s already taken that as a given. He’s arguing that because the 50 year right is already a given for broadcast, it should be extended to the internet. In doing so he’s suggesting that the right already exists or is at least widely agreed upon, and neatly sidesteps the core argument.