Pass Free Trade Legislation, But Ignore Calls to Insert "Fair Use" Provisions That Weaken American IP Protections
We at CFIF strongly advocate both free trade and intellectual property (IP) protection. Although typically distinct policy questions, they are currently intertwined as Congress finally and fortunately moves toward passing free trade legislation.
The pending legislation rightly demands that trading partners recognize American IP rights, but that has naturally drawn fire from some of the usual suspects (e.g., Google, the Internet Association, et al.) who tend to oppose stronger IP rights because those protections tend to run contrary to their own particular business interests. Specifically, those interests seek to include copyright limitations in free trade bills, including mandatory "Fair Use" exceptions.
That would be a bad idea.
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