Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Copyright treaty draws tech industry criticism

CNET "ALEXANDRIA, Va.--An online culture built around user-generated content on Web sites like YouTube and MySpace would be imperiled by a new treaty, public interest groups and some technology companies said Tuesday.
At issue is a treaty called 'Protection of the Rights of Broadcasting Organizations,' which proponents say is necessary to ensure that TV and cable broadcasters--and now, their Web-based counterparts--have the tools to combat unauthorized retransmission of their signals. The World Intellectual Property Organization, or WIPO, a specialized arm of the United Nations, gave the go-ahead in 2003 to begin drafting the treaty, but a final version is still pending. "

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