Intellectual Property

The Global Innovation Policy Index

March 8, 2012
Release of a new report that benchmarks the competitiveness of the innovation and trade policies of 55 nations.

The Global Innovation Policy Index, produced by ITIF in conjunction with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, assesses the effectiveness of the innovation policies of 55 countries using 84 indicators grouped into seven core innovation policy areas: 1) trade and foreign direct investment; 2) science and R&D; 3) domestic market competition; 4) intellectual property rights; 5) information and communications technology; 6) government procurement; and 7) high-skill immigration. Read more »

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There Be Pirates In These Clouds!

January 24, 2012
| Blogs & Op-eds

Reflecting on the take down of the website Megaupload, Senior Analyst Daniel Castro highlighted to solutions for the cyberlocker industry. The cyberlocker industry should work to develop best practices and make their terms public. While this will not stop all infringement, and it certainly won’t stop small-scale file sharing between users on these services, it should reduce the use of file lockers for wide-scale infringement.

Debate Over Internet Piracy Legislation Heats Up

San Francisco Chronicle
There is not much connection between what SOPA/PIPA critics are complaining about and what is in the legislation.

Both Sides of SOPA and PIPA Anti-Piracy Legislation

January 17, 2012
Daniel Castro weighs in on the controversial SOPA/PIPA acts, pointing out the negative effects of foreign internet piracy.

In an interview with Nightly Business Report, Senior Analyst Daniel Castro argues tougher anti-piracy rules would benefit artists and software engineers working in the United States. He points out that millions of foreign internet users are downloading pirated content without any price. This income gap could be funding American jobs and lowering the average cost of such entertainment products for Americans. 

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ITIF Comments on PIPA/SOPA Developments

Amid recent moves by House and Senate leaders and White House statements on DNS filtering provisions in legislation before Congress aimed at cracking down on online piracy, ITIF issued the following statement: Read more »

Piracy and Malware: Two Parts of a Single Problem

January 9, 2012
| Blogs & Op-eds

Some people think it is OK to crack down on truly online heinous online criminals (child pornographers, cyberterrorists and the like) but take a buyer-beware attitude with other online crime, notably IP theft. Are a few singers or movie makers worth destroying the Internet? But that view point is not only cavalier about IP theft but it also wrongly assumes the Internet ecosystem is made up a of tidy compartments. In Piracy and Malware: Two Parts of a Single Problem, ITIF Senior Research Fellow Richard Bennett explains there is a significant overlap between sites trafficking in IP theft and those trafficking in malware. Legislation aimed at rogue foreign sites, the Stop Online Privacy Act, while not a complete solution, does at least recognize that IP and malware are connected and the cost of IP-related crime to the U.S. economy and the security of consumers warrants action.

Protecting Americans from Web Scams

December 30, 2011
| Blogs & Op-eds

Just as a 411 operator won’t tell you an unlisted number, DNS can refuse to provide Internet addresses if it chooses. SOPA simply requires ISPs to delist the Internet addresses of foreign sites found by a US court to be dedicated to criminal activities. DNS has had the ability to delist sites since it was designed in 1987, and all widely used DNS services have this capability.

SOPA critics charge that such filtering breaks the Internet, but it does no such thing as long as it’s done sensibly. (Security experts criticized an early version of SOPA, but the amended bill addresses their concerns.) It’s a practical means of protecting consumers from rogue sites that traffic in illegal goods.