Thursday February 17, 2011
The International Intellectual Property Association, which represents
large copyright lobby groups such as the RIAA, MPAA, BSA, and ESA, has
released its annual
on the state of intellectual property protection in dozens of countries
around the world. The report is designed to convince the U.S.
government to place countries on the "Special 301 watchlist". Canada
is regularly cited, though Canadian officials have noted:
In regard to the watch list, Canada
does not recognize the 301 watch list process. It basically lacks
reliable and objective analysis. It's driven entirely by U.S. industry.
We have repeatedly raised this issue of the lack of objective analysis
in the 301 watch list process with our U.S. counterparts.
This report is what Canadian officials have in mind when they talk
about it being driven entirely by U.S. industry. There are many aspects
worth noting in this year's report - the criticism of countries like
Vietnam and the Philippines for encouraging the use of open source
software (the Vietnamese program was established to help reduce
software piracy), the criticism of Bill C-32's digital lock provision
that allows cabinet to establish new exceptions (the IIPA would like
any new exceptions to be both limited and for a limited time), and the
universal demand that countries spend millions of public dollars on
increased policing, IP courts, and public education campaigns.
Of particular note, however, is the fact that the IIPA report provides
a fairly convincing case that there is considerable flexibility in
implementing the WIPO Internet treaty anti-circumvention rules.
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