• Flattr FoI: 
Falkvinge &Co. on Infopolicy
BEFORE-FALKVINGE-IF-ANY FALKVINGE &CO. ON
INFOPOLICY
Falkvinge on Infopolicy - Home
»
Ireland badge. Photo by Annie In Béziers, annieinbeziers @ FlickR.

Irish Job Minister: “Copyright Monopoly Is Bad For Our Businesses And Economy”

18

Copyright Monopoly

Copyright Monopoly

These quotes from executive politicians would have been unthinkable a couple of years ago. Amidst economic hardship, the Cabinet in Ireland is seeking to boost digital industries, citing their importance to the economy. This boost is done by reducing the copyright monopoly.

The story in Silicon Republic, published today, outlines how Ireland is mulling a “radical copyright [monopoly] reform”. When you look under the hood, it doesn’t really look all that radical to the monopoly critics and pirates: Ireland is considering adopting “fair use“-type exceptions to the monopoly, and other ways to boost jobs and innovation.

But when you look a bit further under the hood, the shift in attitude is immense. The fair use clauses were always there for noncommercial use; if you went commercial, the monopoly always applied to you. What Ireland is realizing is that the copyright monopoly is hurting business. These quotes would have been absolutely unthinkable just two years ago:

“Some companies have indicated that the current copyright legislation does not cater well for the digital environment and actually creates barriers to innovation and to the establishment of new business models. […] I am determined to respond to these suggestions in a comprehensive and timely manner.”

– Richard Burton, Irish Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

I have long argued in favor of fair use-type exceptions, but never from a business perspective. My angle has been that it is absolutely ridiculous that you can go to a European Wikipedia and look up Elvis Presley and read all about where he lived, who his parents were, and a historical record of shoe sizes, but not be able to listen to his music. You can do this on the US Wikipedia thanks to the fair use exceptions to the monopoly.

But that’s arguing for noncommercial use that doesn’t hurt marketing; it’s more from a nostalgic point of view. It’s rhetoric designed to appeal to people born in the 1940s and 50s. The quote above, copyright legislation does not cater well for the digital environment and actually creates barriers to innovation, when coming from the responsible Minister, is immensely stronger.

So while the possible reform — introducing fair use — isn’t that radical at all in itself, the shift in thinking certainly is. Never before have politicians openly conceded that the copyright monopoly is bad for business and the economy as a whole.

Via @copyrightgirl.

You've read the whole article. Why not subscribe to the RSS flow using your favorite reader, or even have articles delivered by mail?

About The Author: Rick Falkvinge

Rick is the founder of the first Pirate Party and is a political evangelist, traveling around Europe and the world to talk and write about ideas of a sensible information policy. He has a tech entrepreneur background and loves whisky.

Liked This?

TRANSLATIONS AVAILABLE
This article is also available in other languages: Czech.

By participating in the discussion and posting here, you are placing your contribution in the public domain (CC0). If you are quoting somebody else, credit them.

Contributors take own responsibility for their comments.

18

  1. 1

    #mustread http://ur1.ca/44h3h cc @neeliekroeseu @ccbuhr @jimmyschulz @marietjed66

  2. 2

    WOW! Go Ireland! Executive politicians contemplating serious copyright reforms! O_o http://fb.me/Xty9PHkB

  3. 3

    Irland vil gjøre det enklere å kopiere for å øke digital vekst. http://bit.ly/m5LODz I Norge går vi andre veien. http://bit.ly/jRjhLK

  4. 4
    Henrik

    \o/ W00T!
    First time in a very long time I’m proud to be living in Ireland!

  5. 5

    *staring*

    There IS a Flattr-button for this entry in my RSS-reader, but clicking it takes me here – without a Flattr-button in sight.

  6. 6

    Irish Job Minister: “Copyright Monopoly Is Bad For Our Businesses And Economy” – Falkvinge on Infopolicy http://ow.ly/4QxPy

  7. 7

    Irish minister: Copyright monopoly bad for business and economy http://bit.ly/iudGHG Extending fair use to commercial purposes

  8. 8

    Irish minister: Copyright monopoly bad for business and economy http://bit.ly/iudGHG Extending fair use to commercial purposes

  9. 9
    mop

    Don’t want to diminish this, but here’s what I think is happening:

    Google uses Ireland as a tax haven. They get a ridiculous amount of money that way, so they want to keep the Goog with the golden eggs happy. Google’s lobbyists got busy, which is where those words came from.

    This ought to be a lesson for us. The people are powerless, but we can affect policy if we can get the IT companies’ lobbyists working for our benefit. Sucks, I know.

  10. 10

    #Ireland minister seriously questioning #copyright #monopoly: http://bit.ly/ksp6BA I hope the reform is enacted. (via @mlinksva)

  11. […] the rest of the story on Rick’s blog This post is from the News Bits section of TorrentFreak where we present stories from around the […]

  12. 11

    Irish Job Minister: “ #Copyright Monopoly Is Bad For Our Businesses And Economy” – Falkvinge on Infopolicy http://bit.ly/j139Qk

  13. 13

    Irish Job Minister: “Copyright Monopoly Is Bad For Our Businesses And Economy”: http://j.mp/iNnomo

  14. 14

    "El monopolio del copyright daña los negocios y la economía" R. Bruton, Min Trabajo de Irlanda http://bit.ly/mllwWH #LeyLleras

Add a Comment

5 × = 30  

On Facebook

Popular Articles

US Capitol Buildings
23

Quality Legislation – Nozomi Hayase

Quality Legislation – Nozomi Hayase

handcuffs
22

Quality Legislation – Zacqary Adam Xeper

Quality Legislation – Zacqary Adam Xeper

Open water - Photo by Flickr user elisfanclub
8

Reflections – Zacqary Adam Xeper

Reflections – Zacqary Adam Xeper

liberator
8

Civil Liberties – Christian Engström

Civil Liberties – Christian Engström

More in Copyright Monopoly

Bottles of Snake Oil - Photo by Jagrap on Flickr
29

Copyright Monopoly – Zacqary Adam Xeper

Copyright Monopoly – Zacqary Adam Xeper

photo_10071_20090418-646x363
71

Copyright Monopoly – David Collier-Brown

Copyright Monopoly – David Collier-Brown

le_tresor_rackham_le_rouge_1280x1024
11

Copyright Monopoly – Lionel Dricot

Copyright Monopoly – Lionel Dricot

Books before copyright
99

Copyright Monopoly – Johnny Olsson

Copyright Monopoly – Johnny Olsson

Other Recent Headlines

Bitcoin concept
13

Cryptocurrency – Nozomi Hayase

Cryptocurrency – Nozomi Hayase

PyramidCapital
29

Diversity – Zacqary Adam Xeper

Diversity – Zacqary Adam Xeper

Screenshot from Librep-2014-08-10-take1.mp4
10

Civil Liberties

Civil Liberties

Librep July 12 frame
32

Civil Liberties

Civil Liberties

Money cut into pieces - Photo by Flickr user Tax Credits
80

Swarm Economy – Zacqary Adam Xeper

Swarm Economy – Zacqary Adam Xeper

colorblindflag
23

United States – Zacqary Adam Xeper

United States – Zacqary Adam Xeper

Adobe the leech - original photo by OakleyOriginals on Flickr
171

Swarm Economy – Zacqary Adam Xeper

Swarm Economy – Zacqary Adam Xeper

peter_sunde_0237
14

Swarm Economy – Lionel Dricot

Swarm Economy – Lionel Dricot

solarroad
16

Swarm Economy – Zacqary Adam Xeper

Swarm Economy – Zacqary Adam Xeper

European Parliament
71

Pirate Parties

Pirate Parties

About The Author

Rick is the founder of the first Pirate Party and is a political evangelist, traveling around Europe and the world to talk and write about ideas of a sensible information policy. He has a tech entrepreneur background and loves whisky.

More On Infopolicy

NSA Seal Holding the Heartbleed Logo
40

Infrastructure – Zacqary Adam Xeper

Infrastructure – Zacqary Adam Xeper

Bitcoin concept by Antanacoins. CC-By-SA, Flickr.
42

Cryptocurrency – Charlie Shrem

Cryptocurrency – Charlie Shrem

facebook
12

Swarm Economy – Zacqary Adam Xeper

Swarm Economy – Zacqary Adam Xeper

523377_63619557
4

Infopolicy – Henrik Brändén

Infopolicy – Henrik Brändén

National_Security_Agency_headquarters,_Fort_Meade,_Maryland_public_domain_image
155

Infopolicy – Christian Engström

Infopolicy – Christian Engström

"God Hates Signs" next to "God Hates Fags" protesters
8

Freedom of Speech – Zacqary Adam Xeper

Freedom of Speech – Zacqary Adam Xeper

Many different currencies - CC photo by epSos.de
45

Diversity – Zacqary Adam Xeper

Diversity – Zacqary Adam Xeper

Valve mechanism
96

Freedom of Speech

Freedom of Speech

Collaborative whiteboard at OuiShare 2012, full of wonderful ideas for venture capitalists to ruin - photo by Natalie Ortiz
15

Swarm Economy – Zacqary Adam Xeper

Swarm Economy – Zacqary Adam Xeper

Border Patrol In Montana
25

Activism – Travis McCrea

Activism – Travis McCrea

Spices - Marrakech 09 Souks
58

Swarm Economy

Swarm Economy

Screen Shot 2013-06-27 at 7.23.12 PM
33

Copyright Monopoly – Travis McCrea

Copyright Monopoly – Travis McCrea

An Ouya console and controller
15

Infopolicy – Zacqary Adam Xeper

Infopolicy – Zacqary Adam Xeper

Smári McCarthy
36

Privacy – Christian Engström

Privacy – Christian Engström

1984-ish poster from London's Public Transport
8

Privacy – Loz Kaye

Privacy – Loz Kaye

Man slamming his head on a desk in frustration - CC photo by Flickr user mbshane
36

Privacy – Zacqary Adam Xeper

Privacy – Zacqary Adam Xeper

This publication is protected under the Constitution of the Kingdom of Sweden. Any problem you have with this publication remains exclusively yours. Accountable publisher: Rick Falkvinge.
All text on this site is Public Domain / CC0 unless specifically noted and credited otherwise. Copy, remix, and inspire. (Troll policy.)
Log in | Original theme design by Gabfire themes (heavily modified)