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Innovation Policy2021-07-20T19:27:13+00:00

A free and open Internet is a prerequisite for innovation policy that promotes the positive health and growth of the Internet. Other innovation policy issues on which IP Justice engages include Permissionless Innovation, Open Technology Standards, Artificial Intelligence, Reverse Engineering, Software Patents, and Limitations on Liability of Internet Service Providers and Other Intermediaries including Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act as well as contributory copyright infringement.

IP Justice Statement at WIPO General Assemblies 2021

By |October 7th, 2021|Categories: Innovation Policy, WIPO|Tags: , , , , , , |

I am representing IP Justice, an international advocacy organization on internet regulation and digital governance.  I urge the delegates to reject the WIPO Broadcast Treaty and adopt Limitations and Exceptions provisions. Imagine when big broadcasting companies own the learning materials in school, and that broadcaster will own the contents created [...]

IP Justice WIPO Broadcasting Treaty Policy Brief 

By |September 30th, 2021|Categories: Innovation Policy, WIPO|Tags: , , , , |

Summary  The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Broadcast Treaty had a long journey of two decades of negotiation on the WIPO table. U.S. delegates proposed a most recent draft at the Standing Committee of Copyright (SCCR 38) in 2019, and the last SCCR 41 Agenda asks for comments on possible [...]

Public Interest Organizations Ask White House for TRIPS Waiver to Fight Covid

By |September 27th, 2021|Categories: Innovation Policy, TRIPS|Tags: , , , , , , |

IP Justice and 11 other nonprofit organizations urged the US White House to apply a TRIPS-waiver relating to Covid-19 to all intellectual property rights, and not only patents.  Many tools related to making vaccines and other critical medical equipment needed to fight Covid are hindered by restrictive intellectual property laws, [...]

IP Justice Joins Letter to USTR Supporting Developing Countries’ Request for Time to Transition to TRIPS

By |June 25th, 2021|Categories: Digital Rights, Innovation Policy, Publications, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

June 25, 2021 Ambassador Katherine Tai United States Trade Representative 600 17th Street NW Washington, DC 20508 Re: Supporting LDCs’ Request for Transition Period Dear Ambassador Tai: We urge the United States to support the request of Least Developed Countries (“LDCs”) to the TRIPS Council of the World Trade Organization [...]

Coalition of Public Interest Groups and Tech Companies Urge US Congress to Oppose Rule Changes that Enable Government Hacking of Personal Computers

By |June 21st, 2016|Categories: Digital Rights, Innovation Policy, Internet Governance, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

A group of civil liberties groups and technology companies wrote to US Congressional leaders today to oppose the proposed changes to Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. The change to the rule would grant federal magistrate judges broad authority to issue warrants for hacking and surveillance in [...]

IP Justice Joins Amicus Brief in U.S. Supreme Court Case Apple v. Samsung

By |June 14th, 2016|Categories: Digital Rights, Innovation Policy|Tags: , , , |

In a key legal battle pending before the U.S. Supreme Court over the reach of design patents, IP Justice joined other public interest organizations in asking the court to overturn a controversial decision from the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals that would have negative consequences on technological innovation. The U.S. [...]

Dissenting Opinion of Member Robin Gross to ICANN CCWG Accountability Report on Issue of Enhancing Governmental Control Over Internet via ICANN Accountability Reform Process

By |February 20th, 2016|Categories: Digital Rights, Innovation Policy, Internet Governance|Tags: , , , , , |

Dissent of Member Robin Gross to CCWG-Accountability Report as .pdf (18 February 2016) Dissenting Opinion of Individual Member Robin Gross on the Issue of GAC Over-Empowerment, Marginalization of Supporting Organizations While the majority of recommendations included in the CCWG-Accountability Report for Work Stream 1 mark significant and laudable improvements for [...]

IP JUSTICE JOURNAL: Internet Architecture as Proxy for State Power by Laura DeNardis

By |August 15th, 2015|Categories: Digital Rights, Innovation Policy, Internet Governance, Publications|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Internet Architecture as Proxy for State Power By Laura DeNardis, Ph.D. - August 15, 2015 Full Article as .PDF Internet Freedom in the Age of Internet Control The Internet is no longer just a communication system. It is also a control system in which more objects than people are connected [...]

IP Justice Letter on New GTLD .Music “Community” Priority Evaluation & Application’s Impact on Free Expression and Innovation

By |August 12th, 2015|Categories: Digital Rights, Innovation Policy, Internet Governance|Tags: , , , , |

IP Justice sent a letter today to ICANN expressing concern about an application for the .Music new Generic Top-Level Domain (GTLD) and its impact on freedom of expression, innovation, and competition on the Internet. Read IP Justice's letter here. (.PDF) Re: Opposition to .MUSIC “Community” Application Based on Freedom of [...]

IP JUSTICE JOURNAL: Internet Infrastructure and IP Censorship by David Post

By |August 1st, 2015|Categories: Digital Rights, Innovation Policy, Internet Governance, Publications|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Internet Infrastructure & IP Censorship By David G. Post - August 1, 2015 Full Article as .PDF Many scholars and other observers of developments in Internet governance, law, and policy have commented upon an unusual and important phenomenon that has become more widespread in recent years: using control over access [...]

ICANN’s NonCommercial Users, IP Justice, APC, Others Submit Comments on ICANN’s Plan to Kill Privacy Protections for Domain Names

By |July 7th, 2015|Categories: Digital Rights, Innovation Policy, Internet Governance, Publications|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Today, IP Justice submitted comments, together with ICANN's Non-Commercial Stakeholders Group (NCSG), the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), and several other organizations and individuals concerned about ICANN's proposal to restrict access to privacy protections for domain name registrations. Read the comments submitted from NCSG, IP Justice, and others here. See the [...]

IP Justice Comments on Imposition of Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) .Cat and .Pro and Consumers by ICANN

By |July 7th, 2015|Categories: Digital Rights, Innovation Policy, Internet Governance|Tags: , , , , , , |

ICANN ICANN Email List Archives Comment posted here: http://forum.icann.org/lists/comments-cat-renewal-28may15/msg00001.html [comments-cat-renewal-28may15] <<< Chronological Index >>>    <<< Thread Index     IP Justice opposes this illegitimate attempt to circumvent proper policy development process in the creation and imposition of a new gTLD policy. In addition to the inappropriate process utilized, the Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) policy will chill freedom [...]

IP Justice Encourages ICANN to Protect the Privacy Rights of Internet Users

By |July 1st, 2015|Categories: Digital Rights, Innovation Policy, Internet Governance, Publications|Tags: , , , , , , , |

1 July 2015 To: comments-whois-accuracy-14may15-en@icann.org ICANN Public Comment Forum: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/2013-whois-accuracy-spec-review-2015-05-14-en Dear ICANN, Thank you for this opportunity to provide comment on the Review of the 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement's Whois Accuracy Program Specification. IP Justice is a San Francisco-based nonprofit civil liberties organization that promotes balanced intellectual property rights and Internet [...]

IP Justice Comment on Illegitimate Imposition of Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) of Domain Names on .Travel and Consumers by ICANN

By |June 21st, 2015|Categories: Digital Rights, Innovation Policy, Internet Governance|

Posted in ICANN Public Comment Forum: http://forum.icann.org/lists/comments-travel-renewal-12may15/msg00012.html [comments-travel-renewal-12may15] <<< Chronological Index >>>    <<< Thread Index >>> Policy Needs to Developed Through Legitimate Process. Staff Created and Imposed Policies Like This Are Illegitimate. URS Will Chill Freedom of Expression To: comments-travel-renewal-12may15@xxxxxxxxx Subject: Policy Needs to Developed Through Legitimate Process. Staff Created and Imposed Policies Like This Are [...]

Civil Society Cautions Against ICANN Proposal to Give Governments a Veto Over New Domains Using “Geographic Names”

By |December 31st, 2014|Categories: Digital Rights, Innovation Policy, Internet Governance, Publications|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

A group of twenty-four civil society organizations and individuals today submitted a joint statement regarding a proposal from an ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) sub-group on the use of geographic names in top-level domains. The joint civil society statement cautioned against the adoption of the GAC proposal that would give governments veto power on domains that use geographic names. The submission stated that the proposal would threaten to chill freedom of expression and other lawful rights to use words in domain names, stifle innovation, and undermine the multi-stakeholder model for Internet governance. The group also stated that the proposal is based on flawed presumptions of law and 'the public interest' and is entirely unworkable from a practical standpoint.

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