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Key Music Industry Lawyer Named EU Copyright Chief 74

halfEvilTech writes "The European Union's new point person on copyright policy won't take up her post until mid-April, but she's already stirring up controversy. That's because Maria Martin-Prat spent years directing 'global legal policy' for IFPI, the global recording industry's London-based trade group, before moving back into government. The appointment raises new questions about the past private-sector work of government officials, especially those crafting policy or issuing legal judgments on the same issues they once lobbied for."
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Key Music Industry Lawyer Named EU Copyright Chief

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 05, 2011 @05:41PM (#35725162)

    We now live in a global oligarchy. What is the peaceful solution to this?

    In the meantime, DO NOT GIVE YOUR MONEY TO THESE PEOPLE. Yes, I know you love your new Lord of the Rings DVD box set, but you're financing the copyright cartels. Either pirate or go without.

  • by Coeurderoy ( 717228 ) on Tuesday April 05, 2011 @05:49PM (#35725260)

    So the US lobbies successfully imposed to EU the same stupidity that they got at home...

    Basically copyrights and patents are the "semi religious framework" that justifies sending money from all over the world, and preferably reasonably rich countries to the US without stating the obvious, we should anyway because the US got the biggest army and secret services...

    this sucks

  • by rajeevrk ( 1278022 ) on Tuesday April 05, 2011 @05:51PM (#35725294) Homepage

    Yet another example of regulatory capture [] at work.

    Isnt it so much fun when the Industry shills get into policy positions? They make a lot of noise, and formulate some of the most arcane policies that just happen to fall right into the lap of the same industry groups that the policies are supposed to police :P can there be no end to the constant churn of people between lobbying groups and the lobbied groups?

    P.S. - HTTPS on a wikipedia link! dont think i've seen that too often ;)


  • by mykos ( 1627575 ) on Tuesday April 05, 2011 @05:54PM (#35725332)
    Seriously, why do they keep putting people in charge who only see one side of the issues? Why even have the position at all?

    Wouldn't it just be easier to just come out and say "We are the puppets of the copyright industry and we will go with whatever they say". It's honest, to the point, and everyone knows where they stand.
  • by NoobixCube ( 1133473 ) on Tuesday April 05, 2011 @06:57PM (#35726060) Journal

    My opinion will probably be an unpopular one on Slashdot, but a job's a job. There should be an impartiality regulator in all goernments, something of an Inquisition who can thoroughly investigate the lives, private and public, of high level government employees. I understand the recording industry and actual careers like law are more than a little different, but just because someone has been working for McDonalds for a few years doesn't mean they're going to go work for KFC and actively sabotage them. In practice, in the US, officials with this background have proven time and time again they are NOT impartial, but all people have the right to quit one job and work somewhere else. Everyone here treats a recording industry job like the slaver tatoo in Fallout 2. A permanent black mark that everyone will recognise on sight.

    I don't mean to say we shouldn't care where our officials come from, by all means be wary, but not everyone is going to be evil (I think that may be the biggest compliment I've ever paid anyone).

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