Contributed by: Don WinnerThis morning, Wednesday September 26, the full National Assembly decided to approve Bill 501 on third reading, which covers Copyright and Related Rights. The Minister of Trade and Industry, Ricardo Quijano, said the measure will cause the country to have a proper and effective management, to protect the authors of industries, culture, entertainment, information and telecommunications. Meanwhile, the president of the Panamanian Society of Authors and Composers (SPAC), Cristian Garcia, said they agree with some of the items contained in the law and it "has some good things", and others that need improvement. Meanwhile, Amable Marin Moreno, an artistic manager, said the national musicians have "been broken" because there is no protection of their rights. "We, the authors cannot drink a soda with the product of our intellect, and the pirates of our songs, they are already with a pocketful of money from our music production, and that must end," he said. He added the law "is welcomed" as long as it is fully enforced. (Panama America)
Editor's Comment: The National Assembly is cramming these things through quickly, in some cases even setting records. For example they broke a record today by passing a Bill in the second debate in less than five minutes. The message is clear - they want to get these puppies done so the Free Trade Agreement can be implemented as soon as possible. If they need to tweak some of the details later, then they will. But everyone is lined up to make money off of the new Free Trade Agreement, so there's no opposition.