When gossip websites like to play with Samurai swords, sometimes things go wrong. Last week, the entertainment website Gawker linked to the leaked draft script of Quentin Tarantino's proposed upcoming film, The Hateful Eight. Now, Tarantino is suing the site for copyright infringement, claiming they promoted the dissemination of unauthorized downloadable copies of the script. And while Gawker tries desperately to refute that by alleging that it was just publishing the news, in fact, it acted like most other online pirates, the site was entirely motivated by profit.
Canada Must Protect Intellectual Property
On a number of measures, Canada is one of the leading nations in the world. On several, they lead the United States: Canadians are better educated, more physically fit, enjoy more social mobility, and have greater economic freedom. And yet, surprisingly, Canada has a long tradition of providing intellectual property (IP) protections on a level with that of the developing world.
ITIF Comments on Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Internet Economy
ITIF recommends that policymakers preserve statutory damages for large-scale infringement, allow the private sector to freely negotiate online licensing, and support multi-stakeholder dialogue on further cooperation for DMCA takedown requests.
Balancing Innovation: Managing Current Needs with Future Success in Developing Countries
Failing to acknowledge and respect intellectual property puts future innovation in jeopardy, and it is critically important that we educate developing countries on the benefits of protecting IP before it has lasting effects on not just the global innovation economy, but their own individual innovation economies.
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act turns 15
The Association for Competitive Technology hosted a panel discussion which assessed the DCMA’s history, the truths and misconceptions about what the law does (and what it doesn’t do), how it’s holding up after 15 years, and where Congress is looking to make amendments.