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Public Knowledge Says ‘Special 301’ Report Bows To Big Media Companies

April 30, 2012

The
following is attributed to Rashmi Rangnath, director of Public Knowledge’s
Global Knowledge Initiative:

“Once
again the U.S. Trade Representative has produced a fact-free report that
ignored any point of view except that of big media companies. We are distressed that countries which
have yet to pass harsh legislation being pushed around the world remain on the
watch lists, while countries which give in to U.S. pressure, such as Spain, are
removed when they pass punitive legislation. 

“We
are particularly distressed that Canada remains on the Priority Watch List,
even though Canadian laws provide greater rights to copyright holders than U.S.
laws. It appears that these rights
are not stringent enough for the special interests pushing for even stronger
measures.”