• http://billpg.me.uk/ Bill Godfrey

    Does this new law have a name please? I’d like to do some more reading on the topic.

  • lessig

    “The Broadcasting and Webcasting Treaty”

  • http://billpg.me.uk/ Bill Godfrey

    I meant the name of this 20 year right it would establish. What’s it called in the countries who have already implemented it? Sorry for being unclear.

    Many thanks.

  • http://www.polisource.com/government-publications-legal-documents.shtml Barry

    The U.S. Delegation has proposed the name “WIPO Treaty for the Protection of the Rights of Broadcasting, Cablecasting and Webcasting Organizations.”

    You can find the latest documents related to the treaty here.

  • http://www.polisource.com/books-magazines.shtml Barry

    This is a better link for the latest documents: Treaty on the Protection of Broadcasting Organizations.

    Be careful, the WIPO’s search tool is case sensitive.

  • LuYu

    Maybe Professor Lessig should write an essay on the harms of “harmonization” and the way it is used to restrict constitutional rights. “HARMonization” is always wrong because it is always used as an argument why a law that should not be passed, because of the Constitution or morality or even common sense, can be. It was the mechanism used to get the DMCA passed, and then the same argument was used for an EU DMCA. We had to “HARMonize” with Europe, then they had to “HARMonize” with us.

    I thought the US revolution was fought precisely so that we US citizens would not have to live by the laws of that insane, self-declared continent. Thanks to “HARMonization”, we now have perpetual, undocumented copyrights which allow lawsuits for such abstract ideas as “derivative works”, which clearly restrict the rights of new authors and, on the Internet, restrict the rights of anyone who wants to “speak”. Do we really need more unfair laws from Europe?

  • http://www.elitism.info/journal David

    LuYu: interesting, so the blame for all the evil of the world is in Europe, right? How come you got DMCA before us? How come you got software patents (although arguably we have them now, thanks US for a pioneering good practice (NOT))? How come it’s European legal tradition that admits things like private copying without profit motive as legal? Oh well, not that it matters…