US Continues To Whine About Other Nations Not Following Our Draconian Intellectual Property Regime
from the perhaps-because-it's-bad-for-them? dept
As expected, the US government placed a bunch of countries on a special “watch list,” saying they haven’t been doing enough to protect American intellectual property. This whole thing is something of a charade. As Michael Geist has noted, the whole process is “a biased analysis of foreign law supported by a well-orchestrated lobby effort.” Basically, the US starts shoving other countries around telling them those countries aren’t obeying US law — even though those countries aren’t subject to US law. Some will point out that these countries need to abide by these laws to live up to international treaties, but that’s a red herring. Many of the treaties were pushed through by the same lobbyists who are now complaining and without the countries having much of a choice, or a realization of what those treaties actually meant. The fact is, almost all of these countries are making reasoned decisions concerning what’s best for their citizens, and that doesn’t have to support the views of some US industries. Of course, the more the US complains about what’s happening in these countries, the more likely the complaining will backfire. It’s simply going to encourage these countries to search out alternative routes that are likely to hurt the US economy even more. If the US government actually took the time to understand why these countries weren’t following some of the more draconian practices of American IP law, perhaps they’d recognize that the problem may be with our laws — not with the way others are ignoring them.