I added the following as a comment to a blog article by Chris Castle which he titled, "The Consultation of the Mikado Part 2: Geist is running his playbook again ". It is also interesting to ask why the same isn't lobbed against musician and MP Charlie Angus who, along with myself, share many policy views with Michael Geist. Maybe it is seen to be easier to pick on a lawyer than fellow artists?
I am trying to figure out why some artists believe that the policies that Michael Geist promotes are anti-artist.
As someone who takes my cue an the basis of copyright law from the UN Universal Declaration of Human rights, I consider myself to be pro-copyright and pro-artist that has been spending much of my volunteer time for nearly a decade protecting copyright and artists from what I see to be the greatest threats. Even with this, I've had some artists/journalists/etc claim that I'm either anti-artist, anti-copyright, or both.
My latest blog posting for ITWorld Canada documents what I see as some of the greatest threats: Celebrate Copyright day by recognizing greatest threats
You mention a lot about ACTA in your message, and you seem to be a supporter.
I am a supporter of WIPO, or rather what it can become again and seems to be headed towards recently. WIPO being an agency of the UN should have the UN UDHR as the basis of its policy as well. When I look at ACTA I see it as being a mechanism to allow certain non-creator special interests to move copyright/patent/etc policy away from WIPO into an agency that will not have the UDHR as its basis. I really don't see how that can be good for protecting the rights of creators.
As I look over ACTA I see exactly what I was concerned with -- the inclusion of things which have nothing to do with counterfeiting and should be dealt with at WIPO, and sections that seek to create an institution to sideswipe WIPO.
Again, how can this possibly be good for creators?