Archive for March 17th, 2008

Responding to the IIPA’s “Inaccuracies and Hyperbole”

Last month, the IIPA, a lobby group representing a handful entertainment industries, released its annual submission to the United States Trade Representative criticizing the copyright laws of dozens of countries around the world.  That submission will likely play an influential role in next month's USTR Special 301 Report.  As usual, Canada was on their list, leading to the usual press coverage claiming that Canada is a laggard on copyright reform.  While Canadian officials have criticized the USTR Special 301 report, to my knowledge the government has never made a formal submission defending Canadian policies.

This year, the USTR received 24 submissions, including comments from three countries – Israel, Poland, and Turkey (the USTR has posted the non-governmental submissions for the first time this year).  The Israeli submission has been posted online and provides a great model for how countries should be defending their national interests.  The submission, which characterizes the IIPA submission as containing the "usual inaccuracies and hyperbole," includes a great defense of Israeli copyright policy.  For example, on the issue of anti-circumvention legislation it notes:

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ISPs and P2P

The news is full of ISPs being asked/required to play a larger role in P2P – Japan's ISPs adopt a three strikes and you're out approach to subscribers engaged in file sharing, Sweden rejects that approach in favour of one that requires ISPs to disclose subscriber information to rights holders, […]

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March 17, 2008 2 comments Must Reads

Independent Film Alliance for Net Neutrality

In the wake of the MPAA's public position against net neutrality, Jon Healey notes that the Independent Film and Television Alliance has publicly criticized that position and favours a net neutral approach.

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March 17, 2008 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

The Minneapolis Muni WiFi Model

CNET reports on the Minneapolis approach to municipal wifi that will cover a 59 square mile network by the end of the month.

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March 17, 2008 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

Business on the Hotseat Over Net Censorship

Appeared in the Toronto Star on March 17, 2008 as Business in the Hotseat over Net Censorship As the Internet moved into the mainstream in the mid-1990s, John Gilmore, one of the founders of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, coined the phrase "the Internet interprets censorship as damage and routes around […]

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March 17, 2008 Comments are Disabled Columns Archive