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01.04.10

Analysis of Paul Rübig on ACTA (and Full Transcript)

Posted in Europe, Intellectual Monopoly, Law, Patents at 4:12 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Paul Rübig

Summary: More thoughts and analysis of the ACTA lobby, which includes gullible/deceiving MEPs like Paul Rübig

Several hours ago we shared a video of Paul Rübig selling ACTA to the public with lies and imaginary enemies. One of our readers responded to this as follows:

Here is a transcript of Paul Rubig’s embarrassing performance. His ignorance of the issue is compounded by his poor mastery of English, so it may not be entirely fair to judge him based on these words. The propaganda term, “Intellectual Property” gives the poor man a meaningless set of words that he uses instead of the more precise terms. He conflates these poorly described problems with immigration and social issues in a mean spirited way that, hopefully, is all his own. ACTA is promised to be all things for all people, except Africans whom he despises and vilifies. Let’s hope he does not get his wish to “educate” anyone about patents.

He complains of brand name violation by Chinese makers, but never mentions trade mark. Instead he harps on patents and “Intellectual Property” without explaining how this might do anything to solve the problem, how existing laws are inadequate or how new laws might be better enforced.

Race baiting is the most obnoxious component of his ACTA advocacy. Illegal Africans and the black market make it impossible for him to get any rest on holiday as they seek desperately to service him with goods and massages. Oh, the indignity! He calls the same people tax cheats and blames them for unemployment and low wages, as if locals would be running around as Gucci street vendors or knockoffs from China could saturate the market for luxury goods. He might as well try to blame Africans for the collapse of the US stock market. What a disgusting subterfuge.

Our reader has asked for the following transcript to be made available (full video here).

Title: Dr. Paul Rübig (MEP) explains why Hollywood / Europe needs the the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement ACTA

… to enforce it.

You know CCI was in holiday in Italy and in [unintelligible] and I was together with one million people on the coast and I think we had every three minutes and I think we had someone from Africa who offered us a nice Gucci bag a nice Emporio Armani [points to his wrist to indicate watch] watch. You can find all kinds of goods, also a massage from a Chinese specialist. [Interrupted by laughter getting comment, "Whatever you want"] It was like in a really big store. So you couldn’t rest because all the time someone wants to sell something.

So what’s behind? Of course a producer of these goods which may be come, very often come out of China. Then we have the problems with African people who are coming on the black market, working without any social protection but thousands of them are employed paying no tax out of the system and thats the reason they can be so cheap. Not only in Italy but you find them on the I think most of the coast and holiday areas and of course they are in heavy competition with the ones who pay tax who have social protection and to keep the European social system on the right level.

So intellectual property means that if we want to take care on our legal business, that we have to be active on the ones who are illegal and that’s where the European Parliament is very eager to find solutions together, of course, with the European Commission and what’s not always clear and also with the Council to get a global approach on this area because only if we educate the people, I say a little bit with a smile, in the European Parliament what intellectual property is, what a patent is, and I wouldn’t go out and make a question of people who are moving around, “please tell me what a patent is?” It will be a big problem for a lot of people to explain what it is really. So education and public relation is very substantial in this area and on the other hand to bring the right solution. I think that’s what we have to look and that was a very core issue in this debate and we should proceed with these kinds of solutions to get out of financial crisis, get full employment.

Yes, helping Hollywood and other monopolies would help end the financial crisis. Sure. Never mind if endless greed led to this financial crisis in the first place. It ought to be added that what ACTA does is, it literally kills poor African people who live in Africa, all because of pharmaceutical patents.

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