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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RE: US piracy watch list
by UglyKidBill on Wed 2nd May 2012 20:54 UTC in reply to "US piracy watch list"
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So? Who cares about "US piracy watch list"? I didn't even know it even existed before today. I suspect most of the world including the US didn't know about it either. I believe it is pretty safe to continue to ignore it until it get any kind of relevance.

It is used as an excuse to pressure governments into passing laws that favour USA IP holders, not only related to entertainment but also to medical levels and more.

This pressure is leveraged "sanctioning" countries by means of over-taxing commercial imports from "offending" countries or altering commercial treats and that sort of methods.

So, "who cares about the 301 watchlist?": the 301 watchlist victims who see their Sovereignty abused by the USA to fit USA┬┤s interests.

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