Wednesday, April 06, 2011

European Commission appoints copyright industry lobbyist to copyright job

Now, I'm sure that Maria Martin-Prat is a fine, upstanding person. But someone who has taken money from the copyright industry - as Deputy General Counsel and Director of Legal Policy and Regulatory Affairs for the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry - should not be running the European Commission's copyright unit.

Given that she will be responding to requests from a cartel which paid her well in the very recent past, how can her judgements be trusted? The only way she could do her job would be to excuse herself from any decision relating to any of the IFPI member companies - which in effect would turn her full-time role into a part-time job whose hours would be so short she could probably sign on for Job Seekers' Allowance at the same time.