This bill's central idea of moving the Copyright Office from the Library of Congress is a bad idea. Especially the part of making the Office subject to a Presidential appointment for a term of 10 years! I protested the bill to Rep. Dana Rohrabacher's office via the telephone. Lesson for others: Please be sure to have the receptionist/clerk at your Representative's office to read back to you the complaint he/she writes down. It is alarming how easily the message came to be garbled!
Glyn, When an ISDS tribunal renders a decision in favor of a plaintiff/litigant against a nation-state government, what is the recourse or method of payment collection? Does the WTO or other transnational entity obtain money from the sovereign nation's treasury? Sincerely, "techie1"
Glyn, What is the enforcement mechanism, or mechanisms, for penalties assessed through ISDS action? I've read that the WTO often plays a role in these extra-judicial (read: treaty obligations, not within a nation's courts) tribunals. How could, say, Phillip Morris/Altria collect a possible judgement awarded by a tribunal if the sovereign nation (say, Russia or Germany) refuses to pay? I enjoy your articles here on Techdirt and ARSTECHNICA. Sincerely, Patrick Anderson
I have contacted my State Senator's office to express my strong opposition to this bill, AB 2880. And I urge all California readers of this article to do the same. Also, I've asked to be informed of my representative's stance on this bill (since the staffer professed ignorance of the subject).
The CAFC likely will twist itself into pretzels, again, despite its remand for a jury trial on whether Android's "infringement" through use of 37 APIs (declaring code) was fair use. I wonder how much of Oracle's stock is owned by the members of this often-wrong judicial panel, and if significant why those members haven't been recused?
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