A Copyright Masquerade: How Corporate Lobbying Threatens Online Freedoms
By: Monica Horten (author)Paperback
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When thousands marched through ice and snow against a copyright treaty, their cries for free speech on the Internet shot to the heart of the European Union and forced a political U-turn. The mighty entertainment industries could only stare in dismay, their back-room plans in tatters. This highly original analysis of three attempts to bring in new laws to defend copyright on the Internet - ACTA, Ley Sinde and the Digital Economy Act - investigates the dance of influence between lobbyists and their political proxies and unmasks the sophistry of their arguments. Copyright expert Monica Horten outlines the myriad ways that lobbyists contrived to bypass democratic process and persuade politicians to take up their cause in imposing an American corporate agenda. In doing so, she argues the case for stronger transparency in copyright policy-making. A Copyright Masquerade is essential reading for anyone who cares about copyright and the Internet, and to those who care about freedom of speech and good government.
Dr Monica Horten is a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She writes the influential IPtegrity blog on European Internet and copyright policy (www.iptegrity.com), attracting an international readership including academics, lawyers and policy-makers. She has a long track record as a writer on telecommunications and Internet matters and has written for the Daily Telegraph and the Financial Times. Her extensive portfolio includes articles on telecoms and mobile phone markets and on the Internet. Dr Horten researched her PhD at the University of Westminster from 2007 to 2010. She holds a masters degree with distinction in communications policy, a postgraduate diploma in marketing, and a bachelor of arts from the Australian National University.
* Introduction* Part I: Internet, entertainment and copyright: a political perspective*1. Copyright politics and the Internet: an introduction*2. Copyright and the Internet: what is at stake?* Part II: The American influence: America, ACTA and Special 301*3. Entertaining American objectives*4. A secret copyright treaty*5. Brussels copyfights*6. The EU masquerade*7. Special 301 for Spain*8. Ley Sinde* Part III: The politics of music: Britain and the Digital Economy Act*9. A memorandum with no understanding*10. Ministerial manoeuvres*11. Looking behind the myth*12. Musical lawyers*13. Obstacles in the Lords*14. A cowed Parliament*15. Lifting the masks
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