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This Week on The Copyright Alliance Blog - Week of February 22, 2010

Friday, February 26, 2010

February 22nd – Net Neutrality and Respecting Internet Users
Patrick Ross, Executive Director, The Copyright Alliance

It is in the best interest of any broadband user who adheres to the law to see that other customers filling up the broadband pipe with infringing traffic are stymied; that leaves more pipe for the legal user. Have you ever streamed a movie or TV show through Netflix? Before the presentation begins, there’s a pause. That is Netflix determining how much downstream bandwidth you have available to you from your ISP. Once it determines that amount, it fills that path with the video, ensuring the maximum quality possible. With any ISP, but particularly with cable ISPs that have asynchronous upstream and downstream paths and shared neighborhood nodes, your consumer experience is directly related to Internet traffic.

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February 22nd – FTC Warns of P2P-Caused Data Breaches
Patrick Ross, Executive Director, The Copyright Alliance

The Federal Trade Commission said today that it has warned nearly one hundred U.S. companies that personal information, including sensitive data about customers and/or employees, is floating around on P2P networks, putting those customers and employees at risk of identity theft or fraud. The federal agency also said it has "opened non-public investigations of other companies whose customer or employee information has been exposed on P2P networks."

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February 23rd – Embracing "Go," Not "Stop"
Patrick Ross, Executive Director, The Copyright Alliance

I’d like to begin by giving a shoutout to the King of Norway. Then I’ll explain why we at the Copyright Alliance are all about the word "go."

It turns out the King is dropping by the Vancouver Olympics today to watch his nation’s curling team compete in the semifinals. He also wants to wear a pair of the team’s phenomenally loud diamond-plaid pants of red, white and gray. How cool is that?

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February 23rd – Intellectual Property Key Driver of GDP Around World
Patrick Ross, Executive Director, The Copyright Alliance

The Property Rights Alliance (PRA) ( has outdone itself with the 2010 International Property Rights Index (IPRI) Report ( , which once again highlights the close coordination of strong rule of law and physical and intellectual property rights in a nation’s economic success. The latest data ( shows those countries in the top quintile on those yardsticks have an average GDP per capita of $35,676, almost double the second quintile ($20,087), and well above the third ($9,375), fourth ($4,699) and fifth ($4,437) quintiles.

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February 25th – AG Holder Urges Strong Copyright Protection
Patrick Ross, Executive Director, The Copyright Alliance

Joining a bevy of other Obama Administration officials including the President himself ( — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder spoke out forcefully in defense of strong IP and in particular copyright enforcement this week.

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February 26th – Copyright Alliance in Photo Business News & Forum
Gayle Osterberg, Director of Communications, The Copyright Alliance

Copyright Alliance Executive Director Patrick Ross today weighs in on fair use versus free use in a guest column for Photo Business News & Forum: Fair Use of Copyrighted Works - A Reasoned Perspective (

About The Copyright Alliance

The Copyright Alliance is a non-profit, non-partisan educational organization dedicated to the value of copyright as an agent for creativity, jobs and growth. For more information, please visit

Members of the Copyright Alliance include: Advertising Photographers of America; American Federation of Musicians; American Federation of Television & Radio Artists; American Intellectual Property Law Association; American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers; American Society of Media Photographers; Association of American Publishers; Association of Independent Music Publishers; AT&T; Broadcast Music, Inc.; Business Software Alliance; CBS Corporation; Church Music Publishers Association; Directors Guild of America; Entertainment Software Association; Graphic Artists Guild; Langley Productions; Magazine Publishers of America; Motion Picture Association of America; National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR); National Association of Broadcasters; National Collegiate Athletic Association; National Music Publishers' Association; National Basketball Association Properties, Inc.; NBC Universal; News Corporation; Newspaper Association of America; Picture Archive Council of America; PPL and VPL; Professional Photographers of America; Professional School Photographers Association; Recording Industry Association of America; Reed Elsevier; SESAC; Software & Information Industry Association; Sony Pictures Entertainment; Time Warner; Universal Music Group; Viacom; The Walt Disney Company; Writers Guild of America, West.

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