April 29, 2005

Why Take On Real Pirates? [8:58 am]

When you can pick on college students and movie videotapers instead: U.S. Stand on Piracy in China

News that the Bush administration will not take its dispute with China to the W.T.O. seems likely to disappoint business organizations and members of Congress who have advocated action to stamp out the counterfeiting of films, music and software.

But the trade representative’s review, which began last year, failed to generate enough evidence demonstrating the specific losses caused to United States industry by particular cases of unauthorized copying, the executive said.

Riiiiight — but we’ll happily swallow the RIAA/MPAA/SBA arguments on “lost sales” to support criminalizing copyright infringement by US citizens.

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