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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.

Among other problems, those voices misstate domestic…[more]

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Monday, January 14 2013

ALEXANDRIA, VA -- Last week, opponents of liquid natural gas (LNG) launched a coalition misleadingly named “America’s Energy Advantage” in an attempt to restrict American companies’ ability to freely export LNG abroad.  Stated simply, this group seeks to limit export of American LNG to reduce costs for their own members.  The Center for Individual Freedom (CFIF) objects to this example of bald crony capitalism, a misguided protectionist effort that is an affront to free market principles.

“While turning their back on our country’s needs, this new group ignores fundamental economics for the sake of its own collective bottom line," said Timothy Lee, CFIF's Vice Presdent of Legal and Public Affairs.  "Why should the federal government be in the business of telling domestic energy producers what they can and cannot sell to willing buyers?  If federal bureaucrats artificially block exports, the American economy will never be able to realize the true potential of the ongoing shale gas boom,” Lee said. 

Recent studies, such as those from Deloitte, the Department of Energy and even the left-leaning Brookings Institute, have established widespread economic benefits from allowing LNG exports.  CFIF believes that every individual has the right to the benefits of a functioning, free-market economy, and the substantive economic benefits merely affirm that freedom.

“The United States has been handed a golden opportunity to become a dominant figure in the global energy market,” Lee continued.  “These companies’ effort to block exports encroach upon our economic freedoms and threaten economic harm.  That has to stop,” Lee concluded.

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