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Global News Blog: Don’t Cry For Me Argentina…Coming to a Computer Near You

May 3, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

Posted by Kendra Kahanek

Pirates are not just rum guzzling, looking for buried treasure saying “Yar!” at any opportune moment with an eye patch and a parrot. They live among us like normal people stealing music, movies, and any other downloadable pieces of intellectual property. Interesting word of choice, “pirate”, to distinguish these stealing feigns from the public.

Why do they call it piracy? Yes, any information is copyrightable without permission from the owner but what if the owner never wanted the material copyrighted in the first place? It seems that these laws are backward in thinking that they will put a law on a piece of property without asking the owner before hand if they want it to have copyright restrictions.

Argentina remains on priority watch for copyright infringement and piracy. A country can be put on International Property Right (IPR) priority watch list because of the growing concern about the need for the country to reform their copyright laws and to strengthen border enforcement. Canada, Russia, and China have stayed on the “priority watch list” for over 10 years and for Canada, it has been more than 20 years.

Can IPR help copyright holders? Copyright holders will get money for their endeavors. The money earned will help these individuals make a living and earn back what they had lost through their hard work. The question remains if these individuals even wanted their works copyrighted in the first place.

Copyright laws help governments make it easier to manage information, creating less paperwork from copyright holders, and less court trials regarding copyright laws. Though this helps the government, do these laws help the copyright holders? Some would say yes since copyright holders do not have to wade through a long process to insist on a copyright law and will get their due credit by earning dividends. For individuals that want their work in the public domain this remains a hard task to take away an implemented copyright law even if the person did not want the law in the first place.

Governments attempt to keep the peace, the public wants their private rights to decide on copyright restrictions but who decides upon these laws for International Property Right protection and how will this priority watch list enhance the wellbeing of countries, governments, and copyright holders? To read the article click here.