And the winner is … Ewan Morrison of The Guardian

Last week was a good week for those who believe in the internet and culture, with the rejection of ACTA being a key moment in Europe, on par with the rejection of SOPA in the US six months earlier.

Of course, as we saw with the defeat of SOPA, a number of ACTA supporters who haven’t come to terms with why the public was so upset are lashing out. One of the more outspoken responses against the EU Parliament’s decision came from Ewan Morrison for The Guardian, in a piece that I honestly read over a few times to make sure it wasn’t satire.

I don’t think there’s a single truly accurate statement in the entire thing. It sets the bar of misinformation so high that I think from now on I will compare any clueless article to the newly developed Ewan Morrison scale of wrongness, with this column scoring a perfect 10 out of 10. Let’s explore why.

The headline defines the kind of malarkey we’re in for, stating: Throwing out Acta will not bring a free internet, but cultural disaster.

Really? So blocking an agreement that ratchets up copyright enforcement marginally, and which might criminalize a few things that are widely accepted in the public, means we’re headed for cultural disaster? How so? Morrison never bothers to tell us. He makes no reference, whatsoever, to anything that’s actually in ACTA, but seems …

Read the rest at Techdirt.

2 Responses to “And the winner is … Ewan Morrison of The Guardian”

  1. Mark in Mayenne July 13, 2012 at 18:09 Permalink

    Nice demolition job.

    The safe harbour provision strikes me as being sensible and fair, qualities that are often lacking in modern legislation.

    One aspect of the sale of copyright material (especially PC software) is that most of what one pays for is a license to use the content of the media. The price of the media, packaging, etc is often tiny in relation to the price of the content.

    In this regard, I find it simply unfair if, for whatever reason, one loses (e.g. in a fire) one’s only copy of a piece of expensive software that one has licensed, the software vendor requires that you buy a new license in order to obtain a new working copy of software that you already have a license for.

    I think you should either buy a licence, or a physical item. If you buy the item, you should be able to back it up. If you buy a licence, they should replace it for a nominal charge.

    Just a thought.

  2. James Higham July 13, 2012 at 18:12 Permalink

    Alternatively, Mark, live in Russia.

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