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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.

Open Letter to World Customs Organization Concerning Increased Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights

By |October 28th, 2008|Categories: Digital Rights, Innovation Policy, Internet Governance|Tags: |

We the undersigned public interest groups and individuals are writing to raise our concerns about recent developments in the World Customs Organisation, in particular the setting of intellectual property enforcement standards that go beyond the TRIPS agreement (TRIPS plus) in the SECURE Working Group, the lack of dialogue with, and involvement of public interest organisations in the standard setting process and the lack of transparency surrounding the Working Group’s work. The Expansive IP enforcement standards being pushed hurriedly in the SECURE Working Group are of deep concern. It is well known that the recent push for strong TRIPS plus enforcement standards comes from developed countries and their commercial entities, and they are seeking international organizations to set such standards on their behalf. Noting the recent developments at the WCO, it appears that WCO is targeted as one such organisation. ...

Coalition of Technology Companies and Digital Rights Groups Comment on ACTA to USTR

By |September 18th, 2008|Categories: Innovation Policy|Tags: , , , , , |

Joint Statement on ACTA from American Association of Law Libraries, American Library Association, Association of Research Libraries, Center for Democracy & Technology Computer & Communications Industry Association, Consumer Electronics Association Digital Future Coalition, Entertainment Consumers Association, Home Recording Rights Coalition, Information Technology Association of America, Intel Corporation, Internet Commerce Coalition, IP Justice, Knowledge Ecology International, Medical Library Association NetCoalition, Public Knowledge, Special Libraries Association, US Internet Industry Association, Verizon, Yahoo! Inc.

Google Comments to USTR on Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)

By |September 17th, 2008|Categories: Innovation Policy|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Comments Submitted by Google Inc. Regarding the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement in Response to USTR Public Notice of September 5, 2008 (73 FR 51860) September 17, 2008 Google Inc. appreciates the opportunity to comment on the pending negotiations for the proposed Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). We have three areas of concern: [...]

Proposed Copyright Law a ‘Gift’ to Hollywood, Info Groups Say (Wired)

By |September 10th, 2008|Categories: Digital Rights, Innovation Policy|Tags: , , , |

"If the Senate version becomes law, it is not immediately clear how the Justice Department's expanded powers would work in practice. For example, would the department assume the role of the Recording Industry Association of America, which has sued more than 30,000 people in the United States for copyright infringement since 2003?..."

Public Interest NGO’s Express Concerns with Proposed Senate Bill on Intellectual Property Enforcement

By |September 10th, 2008|Categories: Digital Rights, Innovation Policy, Internet Governance, Publications|Tags: , , , , |

Twelve Public Interest Organizations Send US Senate Judiciary Joint Letter on Concerns Regarding S.3325, the "Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights Act of 2008": "The undersigned groups write to express our concerns with S. 3325, the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights Act of 2008, soon to be marked up in the Committee on the Judiciary. While enforcing IP rights is necessary to ensuring the progress of science and the useful arts, an unbalanced approach to enforcement would lead to unintended harms and impede that progress. Several of the provisions contained within S. 3325 threaten such an imbalance...."

Statement on Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to USTR from US Tech Trade Associations and Companies

By |August 7th, 2008|Categories: Digital Rights, Innovation Policy|Tags: , , , , , |

Letter from AT&T,, Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA), Consumer Electronics Association, eBay, Information Technology Association of America, Internet Commerce Coalition, NetCoalition, US Internet Service Provider Association, US Telecom Ass., Verizon Communications, Yahoo! Inc.

Letter to USTR on ACTA from Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA), Library Copyright Alliance, NetCoalition

By |July 23rd, 2008|Categories: Innovation Policy|Tags: , , , , , |

Tech Industry Statement on 29-31 July 2008 ACTA Negotiations in DC: "We strongly oppose any requirement in ACTA that signatories enact statutory damages... Copyright statutory damages are one feature of our IP law that we should not seek to export.... Finally we wish to express our disappointment that we learned of the agenda for next week's negotiations from the DFAT [Australian Govt] website rather than our own government...."

Vol. 1 Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) Public Comments (USTR)

By |July 8th, 2008|Categories: Digital Rights, Innovation Policy|Tags: , , , , , |

July 8, 2008 All Volume 1 ACTA Comments as a single (PDF): First of all we would like to commend the US government for initiating a dialogue aimed at trying to enhance the global fight against piracy. This is a fight that is critical to maintaining US competitiveness, and one [...]

Vol. 2 Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) Public Comments (USTR)

By |July 8th, 2008|Categories: Digital Rights, Innovation Policy|Tags: , , , , , |

Comments of the Generic Pharmaceutical Association on the Anti- Counterfeiting Trade Agreement March 21, 2008 The Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA) supports efforts to secure the U.S. drug supply from counterfeit medicines. Currently, due in great part to the vigilance of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the quality of [...]

Vol. 3 Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) Public Comments (USTR)

By |July 8th, 2008|Categories: Digital Rights, Innovation Policy|Tags: , , , , , , , |

International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) - ACTA Public Comments Via email Ms. Rachel Bae Director for Intellectual Property & Innovation Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 600 17th Street NW Washington, DC 20508 Dear Ms. Bae: Re: Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA): Request for Public Comments 73 Fed. Reg. 8910 [...]

Work Remains For ICANN’s New Top Level Internet Domains (IP-Watch)

By |July 1st, 2008|Categories: Digital Rights, Innovation Policy, Internet Governance|Tags: , , , |

Internet Technical Body an Authority on Morality? ICANN announced the "biggest extension of the DNS [domain name system] in 40 years" after its decision last week to finish implementation of a new policy for introducing new top-level domains (TLDs). According to the timeline presented at the ICANN meeting in Paris, new TLDs to compete against the existing .com, .biz or .museum TLDs will be open for application in the second quarter of 2009. ... But the most discussed and criticised reason for an objection clearly is “morality and public order.” This objection criterion would allow any government to veto strings (domains), ICANN director and US law professor Susan Crawford warned before the vote on the new TLD policy. This could undermine ICANN’s mission to act as a private self-regulatory body, she said, by giving such influence to governments. “It’s allowing governments to censor,” Crawford said, adding that the idea of having a private internet governance model was also “to avoid having the domain name system used as a choke-point for content.” Together with her colleague Wendy Seltzer, who acts as liaison of the ICANN At-Large User Community to the board, Crawford asked for clear-cut and narrow rules for the morality objection....

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