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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.

NCUC Letter to US Congressional Committee to Express Concern about Internet Censorship from SOPA/PIPA

By |December 14th, 2011|Categories: Digital Rights, Innovation Policy, Internet Governance|Tags: , , , |

ICANN's Non-Commercial Users Constituency (NCUC) today sent a letter to the Judiciary Committee of the US House of Representatives to express concern over the harmful impact from proposed legislation in the US Congress, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA). The House Judiciary Committee will likely vote on SOPA tomorrow, and if it passes there and moves to the full US House for approval, the US Congress will take the Internet a significant step backwards, ushering in a new "digital dark ages" of Internet censorship.

Landmark Ruling for Europe on Fair Balance Between Copyright & Fundamental Human Rights

By |November 25th, 2011|Categories: Digital Rights, Innovation Policy|Tags: , , , , |

The European Union's highest court issued a key legal ruling overturning a Belgian law that would have required Internet service providers to monitor all Internet traffic passing through their systems with the goal of protecting copyright holders' rights.  In a closely watched case, the European Court of Justice struck down [...]

IP Justice Comments on ICANN Policy Proposal for Trademarks & New GTLDs

By |May 10th, 2011|Categories: Digital Rights, Innovation Policy, Internet Governance, Publications|Tags: , , , , , |

Statement in public forum regarding ICANN Board response to "scorecard" of the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) on trademark protections for new generic top-level Internet domain names. The GAC is pressuring the ICANN Board to dramatically expand the rights of trademark owners after heavy lobbying by trademark industry of governmental representatives who participate at ICANN.

IP Justice Statement on ICANN’s Responsibility to Respect Human Rights

By |March 31st, 2011|Categories: Digital Rights, Innovation Policy, Internet Governance, Publications|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

IP Justice submitted a statement today in response to the U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) regarding its relationship with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). In its submission, IP Justice argued that ICANN needs a better legal framework that will obligate the [...]

Support Multi-Stakeholderism at ICANN & Sign the Petition for No Govt. Veto on Domain Names

By |February 24th, 2011|Categories: Digital Rights, Innovation Policy, Internet Governance|Tags: , , , , |

The Internet Governance Project has published a very important petition against a governmental power-grab over of the Internet's Domain Name System. Governments are pushing ICANN for a "veto" right to prevent any top-level domain "for any reason". Sign the petition to support multi-stakeholder bottom-up consensus policy at ICANN instead.

IP Justice Comments on ICANN Plans for New Top-Level Domains: Keep the Core Neutral – ICANN Should Avoid Expanding Scope of Mission to Include Enforcing “Morality” and Fighting “Terrorism”

By |July 21st, 2010|Categories: Digital Rights, Innovation Policy, Internet Governance, Publications|Tags: , , , , |

IP Justice submitted brief comments today to ICANN regarding its plan for introducing new Top-Level Domains (TLDs). Specifically, IP Justice raised concerns about policy proposals that threaten freedom of expression on the Internet and seek to expand ICANN's mission to include ensuring "Morality and Public Order" (MAPO) and preventing "terrorism" through personal background checks. IP Justice believes both of these ICANN proposals are mis-guided and will harm the healthy development of the Internet and the global public interest.

IP Justice Statement to ICANN on Need to Respect Decision of Independent Review Panel on .XXX Domain

By |May 10th, 2010|Categories: Digital Rights, Innovation Policy, Internet Governance, Publications|Tags: , , , , |

IP Justice supports the swift adoption of the decision of the Independent Review Panel (IRP) by ICANN and the inclusion of the applied for .xxx domain name into the root. This IRP decision should not be, and cannot be, a referendum on pornography as some comments urge. This decision is only about ICANN's accountability mechanism - its means of correcting its past mistakes, and in particular its mishandling of the .xxx domain name application...

Copyright for Creativity – A Declaration for Europe

By |May 10th, 2010|Categories: Digital Rights, Innovation Policy|Tags: , |

The Copyright for Creativity Declaration embodies a new approach to European copyright - an approach where everyone benefits, innovation is fostered, creativity is incentivised and rewarded and access to the fruits of the European creative spirit is improved for all Europeans. IP Justice is proud to be among the original signatories to the Declaration and encourages others to consider signing the Declaration.

IP Justice and Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure File Amicus Brief to US Supreme Court on Software Patents

By |October 8th, 2009|Categories: Digital Rights, Innovation Policy, Publications|Tags: , , , |

Two international intellectual property policy groups IP Justice and the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII) filed an Amicus Curiae Brief in the United States Supreme Court in the Bilski v. Kappos case dealing with software patents. The US Supreme Court's decision in this case is expected to be a landmark decision on the limits of patentability on abstract ideas....

Letter to Support Public Access to Tax-Payer Funded Research

By |July 21st, 2009|Categories: Innovation Policy|Tags: , |

Public Interest Organizations Thank US Senators Lieberman and Cornyn for Sponsoring Bill to Improve Public Access to Research Funded By Tax-Payers. IP Justice, Knowledge Ecology International, Electronic Frontier Foundation, OXFAM, Essential Action, Universities Allied for Essential Medicines, are part of a broad coalition of groups ....

IP Justice Comments on ICANN Proposal to Expand Trademarks Rights in Domain Names

By |July 6th, 2009|Categories: Digital Rights, Innovation Policy, Internet Governance, Publications|Tags: , , , , , , |

IP Justice submitted comments today in opposition to the proposals contained in the "IRT Report" a proposal from ICANN's Intellectual Property Constituency to create new trademark rights to domain names that do not exist in law. ICANN's Noncommercial Users Constituency (NCUC) also filed comments with ICANN discussing thesubstantive problems with the proposal and also the procedural concerns, which led to the creation of a one-sided report....

Associated Press Erroneously Claims Copyright Infringement on Obama’s Image in Campaign Poster

By |February 4th, 2009|Categories: Digital Rights, Innovation Policy|Tags: , |

Poster-Child Case for Fair Use or Illegal Art? The Associated Press is claiming that it is the copyright owner of a photograph of President Obama that was used by an Obama supporter to create to poster for the political campaign and the now-famous poster is a copyright infringement of its photo. However this case could be considered the "poster-child" case for fair use. It is unfortunate that the AP is trying to turn political expression into illegal art. But these facts would be a good opportunity to set some positive legal precedent protecting fair use of political expression should the AP pursue this matter in the courts. ..."

AP Alleges Copyright Infringement of Obama Image (Associated Press)

By |February 4th, 2009|Categories: Digital Rights, Innovation Policy|Tags: , |

"Robin Gross, an intellectual property attorney who heads IP Justice, an international civil liberties organization, believes that Fairey had the right to use the photo, saying that he intended it for a political cause, not commercial use. "Fairey's purpose of the use for the photo was political or civic, and this will certainly count in favor of the poster being a fair use," said Gross, based in San Francisco. "Nor will the poster diminish the value of the photo, if anything, it has increased the original photo's value beyond measure, another factor counting heavily in favor of fair use."...

USTR Statement on Dec. 2008 ACTA Negotiations in Paris

By |December 18th, 2008|Categories: Digital Rights, Innovation Policy, Internet Governance|Tags: , , , , , |

The meeting was opened by French Trade Minister, Mrs. Anne-Marie Idrac, who reaffirmed the strong commitment of the EU in favour of intellectual property rights (IPR), against counterfeiting and piracy, and called for constructive and ambitious negotiations. Participants reaffirmed their commitments to negotiate an agreement to combat global infringements of IPR, particularly in the context of counterfeiting and piracy, ...

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