The IPKat has come across the Open Rights Group (ORG for short), a newly formed UK-based group that claims that it will “fight for your digital rights”. How exactly it’s going to do this it outlines in its manifesto:
The Open Rights Group is committed to protecting your digital rights, to fighting bad legislation both in the UK and Europe, and to fostering a grassroots community of volunteers dedicated to campaigning on digital rights issues. Your civil and human rights are being eroded in the digital realm. Government, big business and industry bodies are taking liberties with your digital liberties, actions they could never get away with in the "real" world. Our goals are:
- to raise awareness within the media of digital rights abuses
- to provide a media clearinghouse, connecting journalists with experts and activists
- to campaign to preserve and extend traditional civil liberties in the digital world
- to collaborate with other digital rights and related organisations
- to nurture and assist a community of campaigning volunteers, from grassroots activists to technical and legal experts
The IPKat thinks "Great rhetoric chaps, but this all sounds rather shrill, and a bit on the scare-mongering side". While the IPKat is as unkeen as the next cat to have his rights stamped all over, he’s not happy about a self-appointed group claiming to represent him, or worse still, paternalistically doing things “for his own good”. Merpel suggests forming a counter-group of hardline IP lawyers to nurture and assist those who wish to correct inaccuracies on the part of the digital rights lobby.