US copyright enemies list is worst ever, including countries whose crime is poverty


17 Responses to “US copyright enemies list is worst ever, including countries whose crime is poverty”

  1. EH says:

    If the US didn’t have enemies, it would be necessary to invent them.

  2. xzzy says:

    Where do I sign my name telling my government I don’t want them pestering poor countries anymore? Whether it’s cramming democracy down their throat or making sure no illegal copies of Windows get installed, it seems like a whole lot of effort spent completely ignoring the actual problems those countries face.

    • And much better solutions possible, too, using positive rather than punitive approaches.

    • EH says:

      That’s the big question, right? What do you do when your government is doing things you don’t like? A friend brought that one up shortly after 9/11 and instantly I had never felt more disconnected from my government as I have since then.

    • digi_owl says:

       Crazy thing is, MS would rather see the population of poor nations use unlicensed MS products than go Linux or similar. This because a population familiar with MS products makes it easier for businesses to choose said products over the competition. And businesses are far easier to shake down over licensing issues than random citizens.

  3. tomrigid says:

    They’re not kidding about the shaming, either. This, from the 301 Report re Guatemala:

    “Look at this banana republic. Just look at it.”

  4. Daemonworks says:

    Who actually pays any attention to that list?

    • ChicagoD says:

      It matters for some preferential trade benefits and a few other things. Mostly nobody though, because there isn’t much evidence that the preferential trade benefits are very useful in a lot of very poor countries.

      By the way, I am pretty sure that the U.S. would put the U.S. on the Special 301 list if it were directed to look at itself. I think the prevalence of bootleg CDs at flea markets alone would do it.

    • EH says:

      Insiders do.

    • Sebastian Bassi says:

      It is in the front page in most Argentina news portals right now.

  5. efergus3 says:

    “I say we take off and nuke the site from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.”

  6. Michael G says:

    The annual Special 301 list is mandated are mandate by the US Trade Act of 1974. The bias seen in the list is primarily due to the undue influence US businesses and copyrights holders have in shaping these reports. The US Trade Representatives receive submissions from such illustrious organizations like the International Intellectual Property Right Alliance, which graciously catalogs their Special 301 complaints if you want a to take a look:

  7. teapot says:

    I’m amazed that Australia isn’t on the list considering our high court recently ruled in favour of ISP iinet IRT the movie industry claiming ISPs have a responsibility to monitor their customers to stem piracy.

    Every little moment of jackassery like this reinforces my choice to download everything. You want to mess with our rights? Then we’ll mess with yours.

  8. Ryan Lenethen says:

    Canada remains on the Priority Watch List in 2012, subject to review if Canada enacts long awaited copyright legislation. The Government of Canada has given priority to that legislation. The United States welcomes that prioritization and looks forward to studying the legislation once it is finalized, and will consider, among other things, whether it fully implements the WIPO Internet Treaties, and whether it fully addresses the challenges of piracy over the Internet. The United States also continues to urge Canada to strengthen its border enforcement efforts, 26 including by providing customs officials with ex officio authority to take action against the importation, exportation, and transshipment of pirated or counterfeit goods. The United States remains concerned about the availability of rights of appeal in Canada’s administrative process for reviewing the regulatory approval of pharmaceutical products, as well as limitations in Canada’s trademark regime. The United States looks forward to continuing its close cooperation with Canada on IPR issues, and will continue to work with the Government of Canada to resolve these and other matters.

    Summary: “Youse laws are too good! Make youse laws suck like ourz or we put you on this list til ya do! The media empire… erm USA gov’mint has spokin’!”

    Seriously does anyone take these things seriously anymore. The entire thing is fabrication designed to try and influence foreign countries laws to adhere to the corrupt ones in the US designed by Big Media, who have bought and paid for politics in the US. Unfortunately for Canadians we have a Conservative government that want to bend over backwards for everything the US wants of us, so the positive spin to the above is likely deserved. Sigh…

  9. PaulJay says:

    United States of LA LA land.

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