p2pnet news view P2P | Politics:- “In what must be one of their greatest triumphs yet, entertainment industry interests have greased a copyright Top Cop with his/her own copyright police into the White House “– just before the present incumbent is replaced by a new president who might not be so amenable to corporate movie and music industry blandishments as George W`s administration,” p2pnet posted in May.
Meet the US Intellectual Property Enforcement Representative.
But that’s not enough. Now American taxpayers are being told they’ll have to dig into their pockets to pay for another corporate industry entertainment cartel copyright enforcer to be called the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator.
And nope. This isn’t a p2pnet spoof.
A US Senate panel has, “overwhelmingly approved a bill backed by the recording industry that would give federal prosecutors the power to file civil lawsuits against peer-to-peer users who violate copyright laws,” says CNET News, going on:
“By a 14-4 margin, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted for the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights Act, which would create stricter IP laws, as well as increase the ability of the White House and Justice Department to enforce those laws.”
Not only but also, the bill adds five new International IP Enforcement Coordinators, “to act as liaisons to foreign countries with respect to U.S. IP law enforcement,” says the story.
The IPEC, “would direct other agencies in a coordinated strategy to fight counterfeiting and piracy”.
Will ACTA come into this anywhere, do you think?
“If Hollywood could order intellectual property laws for Christmas, what would they look like?” – wondered David Fewer, staff counsel at the University of Ottawa’s Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic, in June, noting, “This is pretty close.”
ACTA is short for Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.
Splashed online by whistleblower site Wikileaks, ACTA was, “shrouded in secrecy until a leaked summary of the agreement appeared on the Internet last month,” sparking, “widespread opposition as Canadians worry about the prospect of a trade deal that could lead to invasive searches of personal computers and increased surveillance of online activities,” blogged Ottawa law professor and Internet advocate Dr Michael Geist, adding, “the Canadian government has been among the most secretive of all ACTA negotiating partners”.
And the bit about acting as liaisons to foreign countries, “with respect to U.S. IP law enforcement,” also has interesting connotations, don’t you think?
Definitely stay tuned.
Jon Newton – p2pnet
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