Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 1st May 2012 21:17 UTC
Legal The US Trade Representative has released its Special 301 Report again, the document the US government uses to mafia poor countries (and Canada) into enacting stricter IP laws. "Perhaps the most shameful inclusion in this year's report are a series of countries whose primarily fault is being poor. [...] Moreover, with repeated complaints against countries seeking to ensure adequate access to medicines for their citizens or access to books in schools, this year's report hits a new low. It demonstrates the failure of the enforcement agenda and stands as an embarrassment for one of the world's richest countries to prioritize its IP rights over human and economic rights in the developing world." Infuriating. And people wonder why I consider the current IP legislation and lobby entirely unethical and strictly evil.
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by reduz on Tue 1st May 2012 21:41 UTC
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I'm from Argentina and it's a honor to be in the priority watch list. Coincidentially, we are the largest media IP exporter to the rest Latin America, and algo export to Europe and even Israel. We produce TV series and content that is consumed all over the place (not my taste but that is offtopic). We compete with the US media in such regions. India is, also coincidentially, in a very similar position.

Police does operatives against pirates pretty often here, but it would really cost a fortune to erradicate piracy and web sites that promote piracy here (taringa or cuevana) are a grey area to the law because they don't host the infringing content themselves.

In short, even if stricter laws are passed, there is not a chance in hell that the government will invest that kind of money into erradicating piracy as it would be extremely costly, even if we are not really "poor" as Thom suggests.

The rest of Latin America is in a much worse situation but not even on the priority watch list so my guess is that countries that export content (compete), are not poor and have high piracy are more prone to be there.

Edited 2012-05-01 21:42 UTC

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