IP Theft More Damaging Than Before

For 50 years, consumers walked by street merchants selling offshore knockoffs of US-branded articles such as handbags and athletic shoes.  More recently, sidewalk and internet offerings include recordings, electronics, and computer software.   At the corporate stratum, theft of intellectual property focuses on more sophisticated loot.  The “usual suspects” were Japan in the 60s, Hong Kong […]

The Importance of Protecting Intellectual Property

Like many Americans of my generation, my first encounter with intellectual property piracy came with the band Metallica.  Metallica sued Napster over its unique file-sharing program that enabled users to share music with each other through the magic of the Internet.  Ultimately, Napster (in its free-for-all connotation) was shut down.  Napster’s demise unleashed the forces […]

ITIF on How Better Copyright Enforcement Would Help Consumers

Daniel Castro of the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation wrote an interesting piece that outlines how consumers would be better off with more aggressive law enforcement against online piracy.  The piece discusses the newly introduced Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act that looks to add protections covering software, video games, movies, music, books, photos and other […]