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Don't let your Internet use be criminalized

Mon, 12/31/1973 - 16:48 -- Joel Milne

The International Intellectual Property Alliance is demanding countries like Canada and Spain be placed back on an intellectual property ‘watch list’. This comes after both countries acceded to demands and made their copyright laws much more restrictive. Extreme intellectual property demands that threaten your online activity also lurk in the secretive TPP trade agreement, which could criminalize your daily use of the Internet. Let's stand up for innovation, openness, and privacy online:

Article by Glyn Moody for TechDirt:

Here on Techdirt, one of the things we look forward to each year is the comedy production known as the 301 Report, where the US makes the world line up in a row, and then names and shames all the naughty countries whose intellectual monopoly laws aren't outrageous enough. In advance of the official naughty list, there are helpful suggestions from the fans of monopoly maximalism, including the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA), which has just released its 2013 demands. Mostly it's the usual suspects -- China, India, Russia etc. But there's an interesting change from the previous year's list: Canada has moved from the really naughty "Priority Watch List" to the only slightly naughty "Watch List".
As Michael Geist points out, far from being good news, that's outrageous:
Those that thought passing Bill C-11 -- the Canadian copyright reform bill that contained some of the most restrictive digital lock rules in the world -- would satisfy U.S. groups will be disappointed. The IIPA wants Canada back on the piracy watch list, one notch below the Special Watch List (where the US placed Canada last year). Read more »


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