Paper $31.95 ISBN: 9781780326405 Published August 2013 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $125.95 ISBN: 9781780326412 Published August 2013 For sale in North and South America only

A Copyright Masquerade

How Corporate Lobbying Threatens Online Freedoms

Monica Horten

A Copyright Masquerade

Monica Horten

Distributed for Zed Books

304 pages | 5.4375 x 8.5
Paper $31.95 ISBN: 9781780326405 Published August 2013 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $125.95 ISBN: 9781780326412 Published August 2013 For sale in North and South America only
How can we protect the Internet and our right to free speech, when government strings are being pulled by corporate lobbyists with large legal teams and entertainment budgets?
 
A Copyright Masquerade reveals how proposals for Internet copyright enforcement stem from an American corporate agenda linking intellectual property to trade policy. It is an agenda that involves private industry asking government to block the Internet to protect commercial interests. Taking international and European examples – from the Wikileaks saga to the ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) protests to Britain's Digital Economy Act - Horton peels back the paper on the political process to reveal the repeated pattern of governments trying to hide what they are doing and to fast-track the new copyright measures, precluding democratic debate. She also shows how, supported by a global system of policy surveillance, lobbyists for the entertainment industries are able to be sufficiently convincing that governments often don't even bother to question their rationale.
 
An essential and eye-opening exposé of the threat to online democracy in the digital era.
Contents
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
Review Quotes
Christopher May, Lancaster University
"In this timely and well judged analysis, Horten demonstrates that the Internet age, far from transforming corporate politics has merely shifted the concerns of policy-makers and powerful private sectors interests. If there has been a change, as she establishes, it is in the inability of copyright politics to continue to be conducted in smoke-filled back rooms. This book allows us to be guardedly optimistic about the ability of political process to properly balance the legitimate rights of consumers and copyright holding corporations."
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