Strong IP Rights Important in Climate Change Negotiations
Friday, November 6, 2009 9:00 am | By Kelsey Zahourek

Property Rights Alliance (PRA) praised Senators for signing on to a letter urging the Obama Administration to protect intellectual property (IP) in continued negotiations over climate change policy. The letter was signed by forty-two Republican and Democrat Senators.

“Strong protection of property rights is key to long-term economic growth and prosperity. The Property Rights Alliance applauds the bipartisan group of forty-two Senators for recognizing the importance of IP protections to American workers and innovators,” stated Kelsey Zahourek, executive director of the Property Rights Alliance.
The letter comes weeks before the UN Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC), one of the main entities in the fight against climate change, is set to meet in Copenhagen, Denmark to continue negotiations on a global pact to address climate change. Throughout the negotiations, there has been strong international pressure to weaken IP protections by advocating the transfer of technology between countries through a removal of IP.   
At the base of any movement to address climate change lies the green or clean technology industry, where innovators work to provide more energy efficient technologies,” continued Zahourek, Forsaking IP protections would limit the possibility of future invention and improvement in exchange for trivial short-term benefits. This would be a grave and unfortunate error and detrimental to the long-term economic health of the United States.”

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Net Neutrality Infringes on Private Property Rights
Monday, September 21, 2009 9:00 am | By Kelsey Zahourek


Property Rights Alliance Executive Director, Kelsey Zahourek released the following statement on the announcement by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski to initiate a rulemaking notice concerning the agency’s Internet Policy Statement:
“PRA opposes any plan that could lead to so-called “network neutrality”, viewing the policy as firmly against private property rights. Simply put, “network neutrality” would provide the federal government extensive power to mandate how businesses can provide Internet service to their consumers. Innovation and investment in the Internet has occurred due to an absence of government regulation and interference. Allowing the government to step in to impose mandates on network management would represent a dangerous precedent in terms of Internet regulation and a clear infringement of private property rights by government.” 


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