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October 25, 2006

News: The Future of IPBlog

For those of you who ravenously devour the postings at IP Blog, and for those of you who only occasionally browse them, here is an important piece of news: IP Blog is being folded into the Institute ...

October 12, 2006

So much for IBM's commitment to open source

This blog is built on a design by a great guy in the UK, Steve Castledine. Steve created this design to fill the need that users of Lotus Notes/Domino (such as IPI) had for a blogging system. Ther ...

October 1, 2006

News summary from IPI's study on movie piracy

Washington Post Broadcasting & Cable New York Times Hollywood Reporter Washington Times Arizona Republic Business of Cinema (India) BBC News Gulf News (Dubai) CBC News ...

October 1, 2006

Response to EFF on IPI's movie piracy study

IPI has gotten a lot of media coverage on our new econometric study estimating the economic impact of movie piracy, including a pretty good story in the Washington Post by Frank Ahrens. One thin ...

September 29, 2006

Bush administration releases IP enforcement report

It's a big day for piracy talk. In addition to the U.S. Chamber's event on piracy and counterfeiting, today the Bush administration has released the "2006 Report to the President and Congress ...

September 28, 2006

Piracy is killing creators in the developing world: Uganda

And here's a story from Uganda, where musicians are desperately trying to organize themselves so that they can take action to fight piracy and obtain and enforce IP rights so that they can actually ...

September 28, 2006

Piracy is killing creators in the developing world: Burma

It's true that piracy has a major harmful impact on the creative industries in the United States and Europe, but it's helpful to be reminded that piracy has perhaps an even more harmful impact in d ...

September 27, 2006

Current state of play on the proposed Broadcast Treaty

We have commented in an earlier blog entry on the status of the Broadcast Treaty, and on the fact that the Treaty's language not only doesn't seem ready for prime time, but that it also contains so ...

September 26, 2006

IPI releases paper on the economic impact of motion picture piracy

This Friday, September 29th, IPI will be releasing a new paper on the impact of global motion picture piracy on the U.S. economy. This paper is truly unique, in that it goes beyond the losses du ...

September 26, 2006

Introducing "Overdose," a new IPI book by Richard Epstein

I'm proud to announce the release of a new book by IPI, entitled Overdose: How Excessive Government Regulation Stifles Pharmaceutical Innovation. The author is our good friend and legal genius ...

September 26, 2006

IPI's intervention at the 2006 WIPO General Assembly

This is the intervention delivered by IPI at the World Intellectual Property Organization's (WIPO) 2006 General Assembly: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The Institute for Policy Innovation is a 19 y ...

September 26, 2006

The Broadcast Treaty's poison pill language, and what to do about it

There are a number of objections to the proposed Broadcast Treaty at WIPO. The first group of objections comes from a group of radical activists who either don't believe in property rights at al ...

September 26, 2006

Open source pragmatists and ideologues are splitting over GPLv3

It's always been the case that the main driver behind the free and open source software movement was animosity against ownership, control, and profit. That's why Richard Stallman came up with the i ...

September 25, 2006

Breaking News: Brazil's Minister of Culture isn't big on IP

Right now we're being lectured by Gilberto Gil, Brazil's Minister of Culture, popular musician, and commons radical. Here is a little background on Mr. Gil. Here's some more. And here's a bit m ...

September 25, 2006

Activist irony on the Broadcast Treaty

One interesting note: the anti-IP chavistas here at WIPO are gleeful at the prospects of the U.S. killing the Broadcast Treaty. This is because they don't believe in property or property rights ...


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