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As I wrote in April, I joined the Advisory Board of the
Center for Copyright Information to serve as consumers’ eyes and ears as an
agreement between the major Internet service providers and copyright holders is
implemented. The agreement requires
ISPs to send up to six “alerts” to alleged peer-to-peer infringers, with the
last two alerts resulting in so-called “mitigation measures” and an opportunity
for the user to appeal.
The IP Attaché Act now has company in the dubious club of former bits of SOPA/PIPA being floated in Congress. This week, Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) offered and then withdrew an amendment to add another raft of copyright enforcement proposals to a trade bill.
The amendment she offered was essentially a version of her "Protect American Innovation Act," introduced last November. It contains a lot of the same provisions we keep seeing in one form or another in various bills that continually try and insert new bits of the content lobby's agenda into U.S. law.
In particular, it seeds more IP enforcement officials throughout the government (including creating a new Director of IP Rights Enforcement at the Treasury Department).
The recently maligned IP Attaché Act is just one in a long
line of IP bills that include seemingly innocuous provisions that could later
prove to be harmful to innovation and the free flow of information. In February I gave a talk at the University
of Colorado that showed how over a decade, supporters of increasing copyright
protection dropped little-known and little-understood language in IP bills that
eventually became the basis for SOPA and PIPA, as well as the Department of Homeland
Security’s program for seizing domain names.
According to a former US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) official I
spoke with, the content industries and their friends have been pushing
the changes this bill would make for years. That alone tells you something.
If you've been following this space, you've likely seen that Public Knowledge was on the ground in Dallas this past weekend, covering the latest round of negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, or TPP. Among the various problems with the agreement itself (possible increases to already-draconian copyright penalties internationally, increased emphasis on protecting DRM, a lack of inclusion of well-established limitations and exceptions like library uses and fair use), there's the fact that the agreement itself remains a closely guarded secret. The public is apparently not allowed to see even the opening positions their governments are making in negotiations.