May 20, 2011

Cyberspace freedom … except where they upset the copyright industry

The Obama Administration's Cyberspace strategy places heavy emphasis on freedom, but in practice it's only as much freedom as the copyright industry wants

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

This week the Obama administration released its International Strategy for Cyberspace policy, the main media message for which seemed to be that the US reserved the right to respond to cyber attacks with real-world attacks if necessary.

That was more a lurid footnote to the main message of the document, which is a description of how the US professes to see the internet and its future, and the three principles on which its own role online will be based: fundamental freedoms, privacy and free flow of information. The language for each of the three principles was uplifting — even inspirational:

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6 thoughts on “Cyberspace freedom … except where they upset the copyright industry

  1. Chris Sanderson

    Hi Bernard, I recall reading somewhere that the US made a strategic decision to replace the income their elite lost the nation by transfering manufacturing to less labour expensive countries, by re-gaining it from inventing things (or just identifying useful DNA) and then making sure they own the copyright.

    I imagine they are going continue to as agressive and ruthless about defending that income as they are about doing the same for continued access to oil.

  2. Meski

    @Chris: Copyright trolling, the term for what you’re suggesting the US are proposing, is unlikely to be a workable business model. It isn’t working for the entertainment industry at all well.

  3. Meski

    To elaborate on where the entertainment industry are doing this, they own copyright on many books/music/movies that they cannot be bothered producing any more. That’s where it falls under the classic definition of copyright trolling.

  4. Blergh

    What’s the go with the Aussie Gov’t at the moment? Waiting for the iiNet/AFACT High Court appeal or have there been indications between the lines in statements made publicly?

  5. drsmithy

    The fundamental problem is Copyright itself, which has long since moved from a reasonable proposition and needs to be completely restructured, if not abolished.

  6. nicolino

    Imperial Washington has made its proclamation and we, of course, will obey. Free Trade Agreement! What a joke.

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