12/23/2005

U.S. vs. the world on file-sharing

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 10:08 am

Is the United States getting increasingly out of touch with the rest of the world where technology matters are concerned? This week, members of the French Parliament voted to allow free downloads of copyrighted material, a move with provisions similar to a ruling last year by a Canadian judge.

Philosophical differences between the U.S. government and other countries have become abundantly clear in technology-related business matters, as seen in the European Commission’s antitrust actions against Microsoft. And other nations have become frustrated with the United States’ influence over accepted behavior on the Internet, a medium that ostensibly has no geographic boundaries.

Hollywood’s powerful lobbying machine has managed to hold sway in Congress, but its influence wanes quickly beyond U.S. borders. Will an international backlash eventually force fundamental changes in long-held concepts of copyright protections?

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