Plain Packaging Is Failing. Meanwhile Australia Facing Challenges from 5 Countries in the WTO
Thursday, March 27, 2014 5:03 pm | By Brendan Walsh

Indonesia was recently granted permission by the World Trade Organization to challenge Australia’s plain packaging law, making Indonesia the fifth country granted permission to challenge Australia’s controversial law. Since December of 2012, cigarette packs have been uniform consisting of green packaging, with white labels. However, while attempts by the Australian government to curb the use of cigarettes are noble, the law breaches trade and intellectual property regulations. The issue at hand is not to argue whether or not smoking is harmful to one’s health, but rather how implementing plain packaging is a compromising intellectual property rights protections, threatening sectors of the economy (included but not limited to the tobacco industry), and harmful to consumers’ health.  

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Department of Homeland Security Releases FY13 Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Statistics
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 3:57 pm | By Brendan Walsh

On Monday, March 24th, 2014 the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (D.H.S.)released its FY13 intellectual property rights enforcement statistics, signaling tremendous efforts by the U.S. government to address the growing threat of intellectual property rights violations through counterfeiting and illicit content distribution in the United States and internationally. 

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Illegal Content Theft Websites Make One Quarter Billion Dollars in Profit
Friday, February 28, 2014 3:02 pm | By Brendan Walsh

Copyrights are an integral staple to our economy. Providing the means for innovators and creative minds to capitalize on their successful ideas, it incentivizes individuals and companies to produce more products the society desires. However, while individuals work hard to bring content that society desires, others are working just as hard to subvert the laws of copyrights, providing the means to steal the property of its owners. 

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