WIPO speaks of activism

Francis Gurry the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization gave a presentation on The Future of Copyright (Sydney, February 25, 2011) in which he says:

Adaptation in this instance requires, in my view, activism. I am firmly of the view that a passive and reactive approach to copyright and the digital revolution entails the major risk that policy outcomes will be determined by a Darwinian process of the survival of the fittest business model. The fittest business model may turn out to be the one that achieves or respects the right social balances in cultural policy. It may also, however, turn out not to respect those balances. The balances should not, in other words, be left to the chances of technological possibility and business evolution. They should, rather, be established through a conscious policy response.

Interesting perspective for the copyright organization.

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