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NAFTA Renegotiation Triggers New ‘Safe Harbor’ Copyright Battle

Postby MrFredPFL » Wed Jan 24, 2018 12:58 am

Story : https://www.msn.com/en-us/movies/news/nafta-renegotiation-triggers-new-e2-80-98s





In a letter sent on Monday to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, 37 content groups are urging him to reject pleas by tech associations and other groups to make sure that any revised agreement includes strong “safe harbor” provisions. In the U.S., internet companies are shielded from liability if they promptly remove pirated content at the request of the copyright holder, but showbiz groups have long argued that the system is like a game of “whack-a-mole” in trying to prevent movies, TV shows, and music from being posted online.

“If these anti-IP voices succeed, they will turn long-standing trade policy, with creativity and innovation at its core, on its head by transforming our trade agreements into blueprints for how to evade liability for IP theft,” the content groups wrote in the letter. “These voices call for new chapters and vast new immunities for their online services. At the same time, they insist that outdated and imperfect trade provisions that perpetuate the misuse of ‘safe harbors’ from liability for online copyright theft should be mandated in trade agreements, even where they fail to reflect key safeguards for rights holders found in U.S. law.”

Among those signing the letter were the MPAA, the Recording Industry Association of America, CreativeFuture, the DGA, SAG-AFTRA, and the Independent Film & Television Alliance.

A number of music groups — including ASCAP, BMI, the RIAA, and the Recording Academy — also sent a letter, arguing that “a few dominant platforms have pushed for provisions in NAFTA that fail to adequately protect our industry, disincentivize taking reasonable measures to protect intellectual property, and provide immunity from liability without sufficient safeguards for copyright holders.”







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