The Expendables III leaked online three weeks prior to its on-screen release. Pre-release privacy costs films millions, while reducing creativity, stalling innovation, and harming free speech. While our beloved action heroes were unable to protect their movie from copyright infringement this time, the Internet community can take steps to reduce future leaks.
Copyrights and Innovation: Understanding the Debate
Rob Atkinson spoke on a panel titled "Copyrights and innovation: Understanding the debate," hosted by the American Enterprise Institute’s Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy. The panel explored approaches to fundamental reforms in copyright law and policy and the importance of copyright in fostering innovation.
2014 Special 301 Report Highlights Continuing Concerns over India’s Protection of Foreign IP Rights
The United States Trade Representative’s 2014 Special 301 Report both placed India on its Priority Watch List and announced an out-of-cycle review for India, meaning that USTR will undertake an additional review of India’s intellectual property rights (IPR) protection and enforcement policies in the fall of 2014. While the report commended India for making “some improvements in its IPR legal framework and enforcement system” it noted that “IP protection and enforcement challenges are growing” and that “serious questions regarding the future of the innovation climate in India across multiple sectors” including the life sciences, renewable energy, digital content, and information and communications technology product sectors. The report highlighted compulsory licensing, patent denials and revocations, copyright and piracy, counterfeiting, localization policies, and difficulty protecting trade secrets as particular challenges in India’s intellectual property environment.
The Economic Benefits of Life Science Innovation
Innovation in life sciences has produced substantial health and economic benefits for countries worldwide. A new study measures the impact of new medicine and technology on Swedish health outcomes. The study provides a unique opportunity to see what would happen if intellectual property rights that encourage innovation were weakened.
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
Contrary to the fear-mongering assessment of Marvin Ammori, the House Judiciary subcommittee hearing on the future on the DMCA allows stakeholders to discuss some of the voluntary initiatives available to curb copyright infringement for stakeholders.