Countries That Don't Put In Place Copyright Regimes The US Likes May Be Deemed 'Cybersecurity Concerns'

from the fascinating dept

So called "cybersecurity" and "intellectual property" are two very different issues, but it seems that politicians are realizing that they get further by screaming about "cybersecurity threats" than about "intellectual property infringement." The latest proposed appropriations bill for the State Department includes a role for a "coordinator for cyber issues" -- which is an awful title. However, snuck into the job description is the fact that this person will have to create a "naughty" list of countries who are "cybersecurity concerns." Okay, fair enough. Except, the bill goes on to define what constitutes a cybersecurity concern, noting that if this person determines that there has been a
"... pattern of incidents of cybercrime against the United States Government or United States persons, or that disrupt United States electronic commerce or otherwise negatively impact the trade or intellectual property interests of the United States....
This seems to suggest that the State Department can now shame entire countries claiming they're a "cybersecurity concern" if the reality is that their copyright enforcement efforts are more lax. With such a broad definition, it seems like just about any country could be blamed if they don't magically somehow stop the "negative impact" of file sharing.

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    Anonymous Coward, 29 Jun 2012 @ 9:46am

    Once again, pro-copyright people fail to think things through long term. What if a president who's against strict IP gets elected, and puts someone in that very position who's against tough IP? What if they start to do just the opposite of what the pro-copyright people want, abuse their power by labeling draconian IP countries a cyber-security threat?

    After all, you could make an argument that by forcing people to use file sharing sites and get around those draconian laws without getting caught they're helping to train more cyber attackers, or something stupid like that. It's no more stupider then the logic the pro-copyright crowd would use to go after weak IP countries.

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