USTR Will Listen To The Public On Creating Its 'IP Axis Of Evil' List?
from the let's-wait-and-see... dept
So it's nice to hear that apparently the USTR is opening up the Special 301 review process to the public (slightly) in not just asking for written input, but also holding a public hearing for the first time ever (via Michael Geist). That said, I'm not convinced this will really make a huge difference. Since this is a discussion about what foreign countries are doing with their copyright laws that doesn't directly affect most of the American public directly (though we can be concerned about the fallout). So who's going to take part? The usual suspects form the industry will, asking for increased protectionism designed entirely to prop up their business models, rather than actually looking at a country's copyright laws. But will others really have enough to say? KEI plans to submit something, and does a good job cautiously praising the slightly more open process, but worrying about whether it will actually make a difference.