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ERIC Number: ED512451
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Better Enforcement of Online Copyright Would Help, Not Harm, Consumers
Castro, Daniel
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Legislation introduced in Congress last month (the "Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act") would take an aggressive and needed stand against online piracy, a growing problem that hurts American consumers and costs Americans jobs. Critics of the legislation argue that this bill would hurt free speech, encourage censorship in foreign countries, and cripple the technological infrastructure on which the Internet runs. Not only is this criticism unfounded, but more robust enforcement of digital copyrights would likely lead to a stronger Internet ecosystem and more innovative content and services for consumers. This paper does the following: discusses the problem of digital piracy; provides an overview of the "Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act; provides a response to the critics of the legislation; and explains what's really behind these criticisms. (Contains 13 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Information Technology and Innovation Foundation