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FSF Organizes Against Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement

Jul 21, 2008, 20:15 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

"The anonymous discussion paper talks in the most conservative terms possible about "infringement of intellectual property rights." By conflating the ideas of counterfeiting and so-called Internet piracy, the paper claims that infringement results in loss of corporate income, discourages innovation, threatens consumer health and safety, funds organized crime, and reduces tax revenue. In order to combat these supposed ills, the paper proposes that signatory countries not only cooperate with each other, but standardize their laws and enforcement policies."

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