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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > The US’s Special 301 Report Has a Worthy Alternative

The US’s Special 301 Report Has a Worthy Alternative

The US’s Special 301 Report Has a Worthy Alternative

Added: Monday, May 3rd, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
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Special 301 report is now alternated with another research from Electronic Frontier Foundation aimed to find out how the copyright law is balanced in the USA, whether its protection measures limit human rights and interests. While The US’s Special 301 report seems to have much influence from interested record labels and production studios, the new survey is independent and shows the real picture of how the copyright protection and providing human rights are combined in the world society.

There is a categorized list of surveyed countries, ranked by traditional school marks. “A is for a good score, means that this country takes into account consumers’ interests when protecting intellectual property. B, C and D represent less governmental interest in consumers’ well being, while F is totally a catastrophe”.

The results shown were unexpected. According to the survey, India is the best country in terms of protecting consumer interests, while Chile is the worst one. The United States is the fourth best country taking care of its citizens. In terms of administration it got ‘D’ score, education access and free information exchange is estimated enough for ‘C’.

This shows that the USA has a lot of work to do, but the current situation is far from the worst.

Canada has got ‘C’ for access of knowledge for the press, but the categories of access of knowledge for end users, content creators were Canada’s weaknesses, it even got ‘F’ for the category of free data sharing.

The total mark for the UK was ‘C’, ‘B’ was granted to Spain, Australia and Sweden. A weird fact is that Germany and France were not included into the researched list of countries.

In general there was about 60 criteria of estimating the correctness of copyright protection policy. The main shortcoming that touches majority of countries is freedom of sharing and transferring. This point took away a lot of ranking scores. The best general results were shown in freedom to access and use by the press. But this was the only category where the countries show their best.

One main concern discussed in research is ‘fair use’ in the USA, which may contradict with other countries’ terms. This theme touches such simple actions like loading music into MP3 player or recording the TV show for home use. And of course the key problem – file sharing with restrictions and ‘three-strikes’ – it certainly goes apart with human freedoms.

May 3rd, 2010

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Date:  Monday, May 3rd, 2010

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posted by (2010-05-03 17:14:55)
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