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30 mars 2011

IFPI lobbyist new head of ACTA and IPRED at the EU Commission

Filed under: ACTA,English,informationspolitik,Ipred — Christian Engström @ 15:26

Maria Martin-Prat, formerly IFPI lobbyist, now head of copyright at the EU Commission

The European Commission has appointed Maria Martin-Prat as new Head of Unit to deal with copyright and enforcement issues, the German site Netzpolitik.org reports.

Before joining the Commission, Ms. Martin-Prat worked for the record industry’s lobby organization IFPI, where she directed IFPI’s global legal policy.

As new head of the copyright department at the Commission, Ms. Martin-Prat will be coordinating the revision of the 2004/48/EG directive, otherwise known as the enforcement directive IPRED. She will also be working on the ACTA agreement on stricter enforcement of intellectual property, which the Commission is trying to get through.

Welcome to the European Union, where the big business lobby organizations are calling most of the shots at the Commission, and where citizens are just seen as a nuisance to be ignored. I guess the only real news is that they don’t even bother to try to hide it any more.

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Andra som skriver om utnämningen: Henrik Alexandersson, PC Pro

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27 kommentarer

  1. Here at the European Union we value democracy corporatocracy and work rigorously to uphold devalue people’s freedom and human rights. We serve ordinary people corporations and will listen and do our best to serve their interests. We will also do our best to not over regulate people’s lives.

    Kommentar av welcome corporatocrazy — 30 mars 2011 @ 15:48

  2. It doesn’t have to be all dark, but it doesn’t look promising.

    Kommentar av Johan Tjäder — 30 mars 2011 @ 16:04

  3. The Piracy lobby is even more powerful, with their own MEP from Sweden where law enforcement has failed. More than two million downloaders in Sweden, the copyright business lobby is very small in comparison.

    Kommentar av nejtillpirater — 30 mars 2011 @ 18:18

  4. ”The Piracy lobby is even more powerful, with their own MEP from Sweden where law enforcement has failed. More than two million downloaders in Sweden, the copyright business lobby is very small in comparison.”

    The Pirate Party got 0.6% in the last election which hardly provides for a powerful piracy lobby. The representation in the EU consists of one member of the Pirate Party and a great many members of other political affiliations. All of those are quite obviously not part of any piracy lobby. The cited statement above thus makes zero sense and smells an awful lot of the usual anti-piracy lobbying mantra. Boring.

    Kommentar av Observer — 30 mars 2011 @ 19:56

  5. Det var alltså detta som Moderaterna var införstådd med när de svarade på PC för allas frågor om Copyswedes krav på avgifter för mobiler. Där talade man om att detta inte var en politisk fråga men att det pågår samtal under EU-kommissionens ledning. Bloggat om detta http://farmorgun.blogspot.com/2011/03/dom-kostar-pa-sig-och-vi-maste-betala.html

    Kommentar av farmorgun — 30 mars 2011 @ 20:11

  6. [...] companies and government isn’t just a US phenomenon. Over in Europe, the EU Commission has hired one of the recording industry’s top lobbyists to head up copyright issues, including the ongoing negotiations over ACTA and IPRED2. Prior to taking this new job Maria [...]

    Pingback av EU Hires IFPI Lobbyist To Lead On Copyright Issues; How Do You Spell Regulatory Capture? | Geek News and Musings — 30 mars 2011 @ 20:43

  7. If it is true that this is what the commission wants, she is good choice. If you would be appointed instead, Christian, they would not. But I really wonder why they want this so bad. Is it really that important, and if so, for whom?

    Kommentar av Martin — 31 mars 2011 @ 1:32

  8. [...] companies and government isn’t just a US phenomenon. Over in Europe, the EU Commission has hired one of the recording industry’s top lobbyists to head up copyright issues, including the ongoing negotiations over ACTA and IPRED2. Prior to taking this new job Maria [...]

    Pingback av EU Hires IFPI Lobbyist To Lead On Copyright Issues; How Do You Spell Regulatory Capture? | listingsofhomesforsalebyowner4381055 — 31 mars 2011 @ 4:39

  9. If this is true, it’s outrageous.

    Secondly, if she is filling Tilman Lueder’s position, then as far as i know she will not have responsibility for Enforcement, as there is now a dedicated unit for this in Directorate D of MARKT, headed by Alvydas Stancikas:

    http://knowfuture.wordpress.com/2011/02/18/ip-enforcers-tool-up-in-europe/

    Kommentar av nonrival — 31 mars 2011 @ 11:31

  10. [...] official confirmation, but the news is being relayed by french webzine PCinpact, Pirate Party MEP Christian Engstrom and consumer organization KEI (which includes a precis on the positions expressed by her whilst [...]

    Pingback av Revolving Door Between Commission and Copyright Industry? « kNOw Future Inc. — 31 mars 2011 @ 12:43

  11. If true, the Commissioner is being a prat.

    Kommentar av moop — 31 mars 2011 @ 16:26

  12. [...] I guess the only real news is that they don’t even bother to try to hide it any more,” he said in response to the [...]

    Pingback av Music Industry Lobbyist Becomes Europe’s Copyright Boss | TorrentFreak — 31 mars 2011 @ 18:44

  13. [...] Christian Engström dånar över galenskaperna i EU: ”IFPI lobbyist new head of ACTA and IPRED at the EU Commission”. [...]

    Pingback av Nyhetsbrev 2011-03-31 | Anna Troberg — 31 mars 2011 @ 22:52

  14. [...] [...]

    Pingback av Anonym — 1 april 2011 @ 5:23

  15. Jag var positiv till att vara med i EU därför att vi då har chans att påverka men tyvärr verkar EU blir mer och mer korrupt. Vid det här laget står jag mer på sidan att gå ur EU och återinföra EEG samarbetet. EU har fallerat i en allt för komplicerad röra som bara verkar styras av eliter och företag.

    Kommentar av Slasher — 1 april 2011 @ 9:55

  16. [...] der Piratenpartei-Europaabgeordnete Christian Engström bekannt machte, will die EU-Kommission Dr. Tilman Lüder, den Referatsleiter der [...]

    Pingback av Lobbyisten in der Politik | Serpent embrace's Blog — 2 april 2011 @ 9:25

  17. Welcome to the USA – We’re just leagues ahead and you guys are still learning the ropes on corporatism.

    Kommentar av Zax — 5 april 2011 @ 21:15

  18. This blog-post is mentioned at ars technica:

    http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/04/top-music-industry-lawyer-now-eu-copyright-chief.ars

    Kommentar av alvar — 5 april 2011 @ 23:07

  19. [...] his personal blog, Engström was more fierce. “Welcome to the European Union,” he wrote, “where the [...]

    Pingback av Tech Reviews » Key music industry lawyer now EU copyright chief — 6 april 2011 @ 0:18

  20. [...] blog post from Boing Boing below. Luckily, there are Dutch D66 (liberal) and Swedish Pirate MEPs to call the EC out on this. Maria Martin-Prat, who took a leave from her job at the European Commission to work as Deputy [...]

    Pingback av Recording Industry Lobbyist Appointed Head Of EC Copyright Unit | Light Sound Dimension — 6 april 2011 @ 12:47

  21. [...] che rappresenta gli interessi dell’industria discografica a livello mondiale. Caustico il commento di Christian Engström del Piratpartiet: “Benvenuti nell’Unione Europea, dove le lobby [...]

    Pingback av Maria Martin-Pratt, dall’IFPI alla legislazione sul copyright « lareteingabbia.net — 6 april 2011 @ 18:55

  22. [...] schwedischen EU-Parlamentarierer Christian Engström beschreibt das Vorgehen der EU-Kommission mit “corrupt cronyism”: “Welcome to the European [...]

    Pingback av Musikindustrie-Lobbyistin wird Urheberrechtsbeautragte der EU | michaelschmid.at — 7 april 2011 @ 9:05

  23. [...] ni se molestan en disimular, denuncia Christian Engström. Al menos ya sabemos que lobby y gobierno son uno. También que el ideal de Europa ha quedado [...]

    Pingback av Del lobby discográfico a la Comisión Europea — 7 april 2011 @ 18:52

  24. How should Internet3 be built to overcome censorship and oppressive control?…

    This is not so much a question of technology, but rather who owns the Internet and whose/what rules apply. Governments and influential industry groups want to control, filter and monitor the internet. And those parties are the principals of the Interne…

    Trackback av Quora — 8 april 2011 @ 13:52

  25. [...] submitted a formal question to the European Commission on the conflict of interest arising from their appointment of Maria Martin-Prat. Martin-Prat has spent years directing ‘global legal policy’ for IFPI, the global [...]

    Pingback av Conflict of interest? What? | Sinting Link — 11 april 2011 @ 11:36

  26. [...] IFPI lobbyist new head of ACTA and IPRED at the EU Commission … [...]

    Pingback av april 2011 WeblogNews ACTA : AnteMortemRictus — 21 april 2011 @ 22:41


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