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

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."

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