Copyright: US Copyright Infringement Bill

According to an article by Anne Broach Justice Dept. pushes stiffer anti-piracy laws” published in today’s ZD Net News, the US government is pressing for substantial amendments to US copyright law which would increase criminal penalties for piracy, expand criminal prosecutors’ powers and introduce a new offence of attempting to infringe a copyright. I have looked at the bill and it seems to me that it does nothing more than carry into effect the US government’s obligations under art 61 TRIPs. It certainly does not go anything like as far as the EC Commission has proposed for us (see “Porridge for Patent Infringement” 22 Aug 2005).

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About Jane Lambert

I am a barrister specializing in intellectual property, technology, media and entertainment and competition law. I specialize in helping SME (small and medium enterprises) protect and exploit their investment in brands, design, technology and the arts. SME require intellectual property (legal protection for their intellectual assets) at least as much as big business but their limited means restrict the way they can use it. Looking after such clients wisely requires skills and knowledge which have taken me years to learn.
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