Why the “Copycats?” Report has a Copycat Problem

Yes, more on the Conference Board. Glyn Moody has a new post Why the “Copycats?” Report has a Copycat Problem. To quote from his post:

Against that background, the appearance of the report “Copycats? Digital consumers in the online age”, produced by University College London’s CIBER for the UK governmnent’s Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property Policy (what a name) takes on an added significance. Among other questions, one issue is to what extent the report manages to look objectively at the facts, rather than blithely accepting the highly-partial views of the media industry itself.

Now I’m Canadian. I’m interested in Canadian issues. I’ve traded emails with Michael Geist several times (Michael Geist is the University of Ottawa professor who discovered problems with the Conference Board of Canada’s report, and is very active in Copyright issues), been in contact with a bunch of politicians on these issues, etc.

I never considered that other countries might have the same problems. Glyn thinks this happened in England. What if it happened in France (Hadopi anyone?), Germany, Sweden (the Piratebay trial), the United States (the DMCA), etc. Where the hell did ACTA come from? Why won’t either the Canadian or American governments tell us what’s in it?

This is looking really disturbing.

Update: ITBusiness managed to interview Ann Golden, CEO and head of the Conference Board. She does not mention that the reports were contracted by the copyright industries, though she does admit that they blew it.

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