U.S. expert Samuelson: "ACTA should concern us all"


(Translated from: http://derstandard.at/1334796876882/Urheberrecht-US-Expertin-Samuelson-ACTA-sollte-uns-alle-beunruhigen)

Culture flat rate as "the best way to solve the file sharing problem"

The "right to know" is dedicated to the next two days together and the SPÖ, the SPD and S D Conference held in Vienna.
A central topic will be the currently much-debated reform of copyright. As keynote speaker for the opening of the Parliament was the American law professor for digitization and copyright expert Pamela Samuelson are obtained which show emphasized on Thursday at a briefing session "recognition of the importance of public domain", ie public ownership in relation to copyright in the Internet - and found the controversial ACTA mince words: "This should worry us all."

"Extremely opaque and highly undemocratic process"

Concern in their view, "both the substance as well as the history and what might follow from ACTA" is. Negotiations between the U.S. and the EU would have to be "extremely opaque and highly undemocratic process" presents, so Samuelson. As a target an "extension of the currently existing legal limits" was standing in copyright violations, including the holding and criminal prosecution. But: "What do want to use criminal law as the file sharers should really go to prison?"

As a professor at Berkeley Law School and School of Information, it would be natural for a respectful approach to copyright, but examples like the case of Jamie Thomas-Rasset, the 2010 illegal for downloading 24 songs to a payment of 1.92 million . dollar was condemned (the sum has since been reduced), were with reasons why the young generation of copyright does not take seriously, so Samuelson. Also be creative exploitation of copyrighted material may not be condemned by force or criminalized, but this is often before an independent value, which is summarized as in the U.S. under the "fair use" doctrine.


And information from the so-called public domain are now hardly imagine our everyday life, such as Samuelson pointed out with reference to various applications for smart phones. An example of this would also disclose the information provided by governments, like for instance on the current road, which are then used on the iPhone and Co route to the users. The damage caused by the free flow of competition is another "one of the biggest surprises and benefits of the digital environment in which we find ourselves. Which of course does not mean that everything should be freely available."

It is a culture flat rate in return for the opposite in Austria currently playing on the carpet placed on call for a tax disk very positive. "It would be the best way to solve the file sharing problem," said Samuelson would, but the user that no longer made into criminals. However, she sees the time is already past, "although I would have liked to see an implementation of it. I'm actually surprised that the entertainment industry has not taken up this idea. In the past ten years she has missed a lot of money."