Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Trade deal exports DMCA down under | CNET News.com

Oh how sad.

The DMCA is bad news for those outside of the content industry - you know, average citizens and consumers - especially that nasty bit about anticircumvention. Many would like to see these types of restrictions go away - not get exported to other conuntries. Declan McCullagh reports that a new trade agreement with Australia, however, does just that: requires Australia to implement U.S.-style copyright laws, including the worst of the DMCA.

International harmonization of IP law and policy could do so much for the exchange of information. Instead what it does is lock us all into some of the most restrictive, counterproductive, anti-creative, protectionist B.S. ever. Oh, and even better, both countries agree to take things further:

"One section goes further than existing U.S. law and commits both nations to enacting bans on tinkering with 'rights management information.' A related bill is pending, but has not been approved, in the U.S. Senate."

Goody. Doesn't everyone feel better, more protected now? I'm sure the RIAA and the MPAA, along with their international counterparts, do.

- posted by laurie @ 8/03/2004 10:31:00 AM
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