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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Bill Shooter of Bul
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2006-07-14

You will not read stupider articles on the internet from smarter people than ones that deal with intellectual property.

On one side you have people essentially arguing for laws that guarantee them profit for a work practically indefinite time period. On the other hand you have idiots that allow their dislike for these laws to drive them stupid. This article is by the latter. There is no given reason why some countries appear on the watch list. The author jumps from that point, to the assumption that countries are explicitly on the watch list due to the GDP per capita of the country, instead of you know, rates of piracy.

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