by Mike Masnick
Tue, Sep 30th 2008 10:22am
With the ProIP bill moving forward and trade representatives hard at work on an ACTA treaty to force customs agents to search for copyright violations at the border, Against Monopoly points out that Senators Max Baucus and Orrin Hatch have introduced a new bill having to do with intellectual property overseas. The bill would have the US Trade Representative draw up piracy "Priority Watch List," allowing the White House take actions against countries that don't get in line, including placing officials at foreign embassies with the sole purpose of enforcing US IP rights. Yup, that's correct. The US may soon be sending copyright cops to other countries. This actually seems like a repeat of a bill introduced last year, but it still should worry other countries -- especially when the US has a history of creating such priority watch lists of IP offenders in the past -- and that list is usually laughable, in that it accuses countries that have much stricter copyright laws than the US itself.
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