Indeed, more attention should go to the copyright law as
such; there are a number of proposals, such as in Dmitry Medvedev’s
message to the G20 leaders, or Communia’s policy recommendations…These
proposals include principles and approaches that need be agreed before
(global) solutions can be crafted.
The internet is only a technological channel, a global, great and
ubiquitous one indeed, posing new challenges to your and our legal
To avoid the tunnel vision – kind of ”To a Carpenter with a
Hammer, Every Problem Looks Like a Nail’ – reasoned discussion and
collaborative solutions -preferably global ones- must be pursued. In the
UK there is a consultation ongoing following the release of an
Independent Review of Intellectual Property and Growth (Hargreaves
Yet we must mind, ”local legal system” solutions for a global problem, how is it going to work?
My recommendation is that G20 and WIPO fasttrack the topic, mash up
the current claims and clauses into a roadmap and draft legislation with
sensible options, then launch a global consultation, and next craft a
consensus that implements the agreed principles, taking into
consideration the wisdom of the global community.
Thus establishing a global IP landscape with legal security and
protection of geniune produce and duly acquired property for all on fair
terms, recognizing the content commons, etc