"A powerful coalition of U.S. software, movie and music producers"
International Intellectual Property Alliance Group ( IIPA) - The MPAA,RIAA,BSA and ESA.
"Canada remains far behind virtually all of its peers in the industrialized world"
In many ways. :iagree: :bigsmile: :iagree:
The U.S. approach is quite clearly one of "do what I say, not what I do", advising country after country that it does not meet international TPM standards (perhaps it is the U.S. that is not meeting emerging international standards), and criticizing national attempts to improve education or culture through exceptions or funding programs. Moreover, it is very clear that the U.S. lobby groups are never satisfied as even those countries that have ratified the WIPO treaties or entered into detailed free trade agreements with the U.S. that include IP provisions still find themselves criticized for not doing enough.
If you want to point fingers then you better slam some of these countries as well. These are just a few.
Japan is criticized for a wide range of issues including the absence of statutory damages, copyright term extension, stronger TPM protection, narrowing private use exceptions, and the establishment of camcording legislation.
Sweden receives special mention for widespread Internet piracy and being host to thePirateBay.org
New Zealand is criticized for its copyright reform bill, which, much like Canada's Bill C-60, adopts a more balanced approach to TPMs. For its effort, the government is also incorrectly told that the proposal "fall far short of meeting international minimum standards." Moreover, the bill's time shifting provisions are criticized, despite the fact that the U.S. has far more liberal fair use provisions.
Switzerland is criticized for its TPM approach, which apparently does not meet the standard in the EUCD or the DMCA, along with a broad private copying provision and the need for camcording legislation.
South Africa is criticized for failing to sign the WIPO Internet treaties.
Hong Kong is criticized for its approach on TPMs and for proposing new exceptions for educational purposes. It is also urged to extend the term of copyright.
South Korea is criticized for its TPM approach, education exceptions, its private copying system, and for failing to extend the term of copyright.
Israel is criticized for failing to implement TPM legislation and for considering a fair use provision that mirrors the U.S. approach (the IIPA claims this might be viewed by the public as a "free ticket to copy.")
Mexico is criticized for its TPM approach and for the absence of an ISP notice and takedown system.
Italy is criticized for doubt about its TPM approach and for failing to establish an ISP notice and takedown system.
Brazil is criticized for failing to ratify the WIPO Internet treaties and for granting exceptions to university students.
Greece is criticized for making it difficult to obtain the personal identities of ISP subscribers and for levying a surcharge at movie theatres that are used to support Greek films.
Spain is criticized for failing to place sufficient liability on ISPs for activity on their networks.