Thursday, April 15, 2010


Remember that copyleft organization Prof. Slater mentioned in class the other day, the Electronic Frontier Foundation? Also, remember the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator in government we discussed in class? Well, the Coordinator asked for input from copyright holders and industries that represents these interests for input on how best to enforce IP in these times.

I'll keep this brief: the MPAA and RIAA (among others) put their two cents in. Here's their original comments. Highlights-
1. They point out that software exists to detect "infringing" files on personal computers.
2. They advocate that network administrators keep track (via multiple tracking methods) of who is responsible for infringement and where the infringement is happening.
3. They want to change customs forms for travelers to "educate the public" about the threat of piracy and pirated products.
4. They want the U.S. Govt. to keep a list of countries where piracy websites are and "target" these countries' individual copyright policies to better police content.
5. They want all this to be done on the federal government's dime: namely through the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security.

Here's the EFF's take on the issue. What do you guys think?

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