Mike Palmedo mike.palmedo at gmail.com
Mon May 30 10:12:46 PDT 2011

*PROTECT IP Act Clears Senate Judiciary Committee – Sen. Wyden Places a Hold
on Bill*

The Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of
Intellectual Property Act (S.968) unanimously passed the Senate Judiciary
Committee on May 26.  The legislation would allow the Justice Department to
seize the domain names of sites “dedicated to infringing activities,” to
order search engines to stop directing traffic to them, and to order
advertisers and financial intermediaries to cease doing business with them.
The legislation also includes a private right of action for IP owners.  Senator
Wyden placed a hold on the legislation, preventing it from moving forward.  In
a statement, he explained: “At the expense of legitimate commerce, [the
PROTECT IP Act’s] prescription takes an overreaching approach to policing
the Internet when a more balanced and targeted approach would be more
effective. The collateral damage of this approach is speech, innovation and
the very integrity of the Internet.” Click here for

*White Paper Warns Against DNS Filtering Requirements in PROTECT IP Act*

Steve Crocker, David Dagon, Dan Kaminsky, Danny McPherson, and Paul Vixie
have authored a white paper warning that the DNS filtering requirements of
the PROTECT IP Act would be ineffective in reducing piracy, but would harm
the security of the internet.  "DNS filtering will be evaded through trivial
and often automated changes through easily accessible and installed software
plugins" and the likely circumvention techniques "will expose users to new
potential security threats. These security risks will not be limited to
individuals. Banks, credit card issuers, health care providers, and others
who have particular interests in security protections for data also will be
affected. At the same time, a migration away from U.S.-based and
ISP-provided DNS will harm U.S. network operators’ ability to investigate
and evaluate security threats.” Click here for

*European Commission Releases “Blueprint” for New IPR Policies*

Noting that "in the last few years, technological change and, in particular,
the growing importance of online activities, have completely changed the
world in which IPR operate,” the EC has announced a "comprehensive strategy
to revamp the legal framework in which IPR operate."  The strategy will
include proposals on patent harmonization and streamlined trademark
registrations; analysis of the costs and benefits of a system of
geographical indications for non-agricultural products; a proposal "to
create a legal framework for the efficient multi-territorial collective
management of copyright, in particular in the music sector;" a "legislative
proposal that will enable the digitisation and online availability of
so-called 'orphan works';" a proposed revision of the IP Enforcement
Directive to "meet the specific challenges of the digital environment;" and
a new customs regulation "to tackle the trade in small consignments of
counterfeit goods sent by post as the overwhelming majority of these goods
results from internet sales."  Click here for

*FFII calls upon European Parliament to resolve uncertainties regarding ACTA

The Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure has written the EU
Parliament, asking its Members “to seek an opinion of the European Court of
Justice on the compatibility of ACTA with the EU Treaties, and to commission
independent assessments of the effects ACTA will have on access to medicine,
diffusion of green technologies needed to fight climate change, fundamental
rights within and outside the Union, innovation, small and medium sized
companies and a fair balance of interests.” Click here for the

*Report on the Impact of the Internet on the Global Economy*

McKinsey  Global Institute has published "Internet matters: The Net’s
sweeping impact on growth, jobs, and prosperity." The report estimates that
internet activity generated 3.8% of total GDP in a sample of 13 countries
that together represent 70% of word output.  It accounted for 11% of GDP
growth in these countries over the past five years.  The report notes that
the internet is still in its infancy, so considerably more growth is
possible.  It recommends that "All stakeholders should take part in a
fact-based, public-private dialogue to assure optimal conditions for the
development of the Internet ecosystem within each country, as well as
internationally," and should address "issues such as standards for digital
identities and intellectual property protection." Click here for

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