[Ip-health] Les Nouvelles de Bruxelles : The Changing Politics of the Knowledge Economy

Burcu Kilic bkilic at citizen.org
Tue Jun 26 06:05:00 PDT 2012


Les Nouvelles de Bruxelles : The Changing Politics of the Knowledge Economy

The politics of the global knowledge economy are shifting: from mercantilism to co-operation, from closed commercial regimes toward open source. Last week, the European Parliament Committee on International Trade (INTA) passed a report recommending the rejection of the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). Since the European Union (EU) and its 22 member states signed ACTA in January 2012, ACTA has caused nothing but consternation in Europe. Citizens of Poland, Bulgaria and the Germany took to the streets to show their opposition. These protests initiated a pan-European movement awakening the spirit of 1968. Young Europeans asked policy makers and politicians in Brussels to respect their rights, privacy and freedom on the Internet.

The 'old continent' woke up to what people in the global South have known and fought for over many years. Intellectual property (IP) is not merely a commercial or trade-related issue or something we can allow to be monopolized by corporations. It's about us. It touches human life (...)

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Burcu Kilic, Ph.D.
Legal Counsel, Global Access to Medicines Program
Public Citizen | Protecting Health, Safety and Democracy
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