|The AmeriKat cherishes
the perspective that|
an airline journey can provide, if not the
static-y fur caused by synthetic seat fabric
(photo over Boston on her recent flight home)
|How much should three protected |
features in a highly complex
smartphone really be worth?
|US patent litigation takes a bite|
out of Apple (or the AmeriKat's
|No calm harbor waters for the TPP negotiations as|
copyright issues now enter the fray.
"The USTR is proposing that the length of copyright restriction be the lifetime of the creator plus 70 years after their death. In the case of works with corporate authors, the term extends to 95 years from the first publication, or if not published within 25 years of its creation, 120 years from then. These are the lengths that we already have in the United States, but they are already too long. Even the Register of Copyrights Maria Pallante herself has called for terms on most works to be shortened.But copyright term is not the only issue. According to this report in The Register, the public domain is also getting attention, as well as criminalizing copyright infringement and notice and take down procedures. Reportedly some countries are advancing an expanded form of the public domain to counterbalance the proposed expanded IP rights, but push back is coming from the US. Canada is also said to be concerned about the measures which would mean another round of copyright reform. University of Ottawa law professor and blogger, Michael Geist, told CBC that:
duration of copyright protection."
"If things don't go Canada's way - and on a lot of issues Canada is playing defence, is in the minority - then its going to require a major overhaul of our copyright law.Especially, Geist noted, on the issue of blocking orders which is "something the [Canadian] government had consistently rejected throughout the copyright reform process." If there is one thing that will promise to threaten a trade agreement it is when copyright activists (on either side) get into the mix. Choppy waters head for the TPP.