2011-05-30

Försök att tillskansa sig upphovsrätt

… når nya absurda nivåer.

Only in America?

Troligen inte, vad som är där har vi ganska snart här också.

Nu försöker läkare och tandläkare tysta eventuell kritik från patienterna genom att tubba dem att skriva över upphovsrätten till vårdgivaren på allt som skrivs eller sägs offentligt om vårdgivaren.

Doctors and dentists tell patients, "all your review are belong to us"

it asked me to "exclusively assign all Intellectual Property rights, including copyrights" to "any written, pictorial, and/or electronic commentary" I might make about Dr. Cirka's services, including on "web pages, blogs, and/or mass correspondence," to Dr. Cirka. It also stipulated that if Dr. Cirka were to sue me due to a breach of the agreement, the loser in the litigation will pay the prevailing party's legal fees.

… But she wouldn't budge on letting me see Dr. Cirka without signing, and she refused to give me a copy of the agreement so I could seek legal advice. Needless to say, I said "no thanks" and am now in the market for a different dentist.

In a written statement, Dr. Cirka acknowledged that the text of the agreement was provided by Medical Justice, and repeated his staff's line that the agreement is focused on fraudulent reviews written by competitors and disgruntled employees. He expressed concern that HIPAA would prevent him from responding properly to negative reviews. And he seemed as stumped as his assistant when I asked him to explain how the agreement could bind people who never signed it. His refusal to talk on the phone made it hard to judge if he really didn't understand this point, or was just pretending not to.

The ham-handed response taken by Medical Justice and its clients may also reflect the fact that doctors and dentists are finding themselves suddenly disoriented in a new, more competitive marketplace. "The Internet is the great equalizer." Schultz told Ars. "Other people have had to deal with harsh reviews for a very long time. And finally, an elite profession is also having to deal with it." It's easy to sympathize with the "emotional trauma" of being unfairly criticized on the Internet, he said. But doctors shouldn't be immune from the kind of public scrutiny that most other professions now face.

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2 comments:

Jan Wiklund sa...

I ett land där man kan ta patent på ett nytt sätt att bre en smörgås eller ett nytt sätt att lyfta en kartong kan man förvänta sig allt.

Teckentydaren sa...

Man får väl hoppas att de tillfrågade juristerna har rätt att dessa ideer inte skulle hålla långt om de drogs till domstol. Bara det att man vägrade att bistå med en kopia så patienten kunde få juristrådgivning om det kontrakt som skulle skrivas på torde vara en besvärande omständighet.

Men den som står där med tandvärk eller ett njurstensanfall och måste skriva på för att få hjälp lär inte protestera och läsa på så mycket.

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