Senate Judiciary Committee Comes Out Against Unnecessary Broadcast Rights
from the a-bit-of-good-news dept
Luckily, that story did get enough attention that plenty of people protested, and it appears (oh my!) that even some Senators realized that the WIPO Broadcast Treaty was problematic. The top folks in the Senate Judiciary Committee have sent a letter to the US's delegation to WIPO (made up of the Register of Copyrights and the Director of the Patent Office -- both of whom have publicly made statements supporting more protectionist policies) suggesting that the treaty with those clauses is extremely troublesome and should not be allowed: "While we support the need to protect against signal theft of broadcast transmissions, the treaty appears to go beyond this purpose and grant broadcasters a right in their transmissions similar to a content holder's copyright. As a result, the rights that would be granted to broadcasters by the Revised Draft Broadcasting Treaty could limit legitimate, fair use of the content and would add an unnecessary layer of uncertainty in consumer use." That's a good sign, but given how long this proposal has been around, and how many times its popped up again (as well as the strength of the lobbyists behind it), it's a long way from over. It's quite likely that we'll be seeing this again sometime in the future.