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Using open source? Then you may be a pirate!

February 25, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

A story in the Guardian today says that the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA), an umbrella group for American publishing, software, film, television and music associations, has asked the US Trade Representative (USTR) to consider countries like Indonesia, Brazil, and India for its ‘Special 301 watchlist’ because they encourage the use of open source software.

A Special 301, according to Guardian’s Bobbie Johnson is: ‘a report that examines the “adequacy and effectiveness of intellectual property rights” around the planet — effectively the list of countries that the US government considers enemies of capitalism. It often gets wheeled out as a form of trading pressure — often around pharmaceuticals and counterfeited goods — to try and force governments to change their behaviors.'”

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