A Comment to the US IP Czar on Enforcement

It seems like it’s raining consultations right now. It’s a third one, this time through the office of the US Intellectual Property Czar on enforcement options. Submission deadline was today, so I just got it there in time. It seems like it’s raining consultations right now. It’s a third one, this time through the office […]
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Consultation Secrecy Breeds Corruption

An intriguing part of consultations are the issues of secrecy. Many consultations, especially in the area of copyright, have sections dealing with confidentiality. This allows people’s names, and contact information to be withheld from publication at a later date, but has been expanded to sections, and even entire submissions by some agencies. There are serious […]
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Consultation response for OFCOM July 2012

Earlier this month saw a follow-up consultation by OFCOM (The Independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries) with the snappy title of “Online Infringement of Copyright and the Digital Economy Act 2010 – Notice of Ofcom’s proposal to make by order a code for regulating the initial obligations” Earlier this month saw […]
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UK IPO Redacts Responses Critical of Rights Societies

A major tool in policy-making is the Consultation. It is often the only way for regular members of the public to have any sort of input in the legislative process. The problem comes when these consultations are skewed towards a set response, or worse, evidence is ignored or suppressed; such as in the publication of […]
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Consultation Response to the UK IPO

A bit of a boring read coming up, but a necessary one. The UK Intellectual Property Office had a consultation, dealing with changes to the copyright system, arising from the Hargreaves Report. The title, “Consultation on proposals to change the UK’s copyright system” might seem a little boring, but it’s when you get to the […]
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The Red Flag Act and P2P

Today, my good friend Rick Falkvinge in his op-ed over at TorrentFreak posted about the Red Flag Act. For those that don’t know, it was a protectionist law enacted in 1865 to slow down steam traction engines, ostensibly because they were a threat, but in reality because they were encroaching on the profits of existing […]
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