A couple of us posted in June about the WIPO treaty in the infamous copyyeahright thread. As a service to mental health, I'll duplicate mine here so no one needs to revisit the horror:
Meanwhile, there are pressing copyright issues like our representatives joining an attempt to kill a proposed WIPO treaty about international access to books by people with impaired vision.
The arguments against the treaty quoted in that latest Wired story are pure self-serving bollocks.
It costs a lot to convert published books, and only one in twenty at most are currently available to people with impaired vision. The proposed changes are about removing extra barriers - particularly so that the same conversion does not have to be made in every country.
This is like the familiar ACTA and s92 arguments so I'm glad to see it raised here. The industry's resistance centres around general principles that copyright and DRM ought to be sacredly preserved at any cost and that somehow publishers will be losing out on sales if rich countries can share converted versions with the third world. I could go on but dinner beckons.
I'm in the mood
Maori is plural
Thanks, Hilary and Islander. And everyone for showing the caring side of this lovely group of humans. Hopefully some of our newer friends can see why we protect it so fiercely. Perhaps too much at times.
the day at work seemed correspondingly strange and unreal. PAS helped.
Hey, I'm ok. Sad day but unrelated events. Said all I need to in last post.
Uh, I believe I actually agree with both Giovanni and Craig that national standards is hardly a surprise foisted on the electorate.
My (rather too economical perhaps) point was more that the likely result is hardly in keeping with "ambition" unless we're prepared to ignore the overseas evidence.
And that this might be something practical one could raise with any National or Act voters, in response to someone asking what could be done. I wasn't advocating foaming at the mouth about it.
I've had some very sad news, so am not likely to be following this conversation further today.
Oh, and I do respect Emma's expertise on this.
Who's throwing tantrums? Education professionals? Voters? Certainly not moi.
However, I do agree it is hardly unreasonable for our PM to leave his phone switched on. Wonder if Helen got baraged by late night lobbying?