Piracy: How Companies Can Work Together to Stop It
Wednesday, March 2, 2016 4:59 pm | By Sergio Monreal

Piracy of copyrighted works is a constant and increasing problem for creators. And laws aimed at helping creators and innovators defend their work from bad actors haven’t lived up to their potential. For example, watch this video of Congressional testimony by Grammy Award winning composer Maria Schnieder where she describes her struggles fighting piracy.  
Because law enforcement tools are slow, expensive and inadequate to the challenge of protecting IP online, rights holders have pursued market based, voluntary agreements with good faith actors in the Internet ecosystem. Examples include the Copyright Alert System, an agreement between the movie and music industries and the five largest Internet service providers to educate consumers about infringing behavior and guide them to legal alternatives. Additionally, the advertising industry recently announced the Trustworthy Accountability Group to help ensure that good ads don’t appear on sites dedicated to theft, thereby taking some of the profit out of piracy and protecting the good names of advertisers who don’t want to be associated with sleazy sites.

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Venezuela Votes “No” to Socialism
Monday, December 7, 2015 1:25 am | By Dennis Cakert

After 17 years of economic and societal deterioration under the rule of socialist President Nicolas Maduro, Venezuelan’s took action. In yesterday’s elections, the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) won 99 seats in Parliament compared to only 46 for the established United Social Party of Venezuela (PSUV).

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2015 International Property Rights Index
Monday, November 16, 2015 5:14 pm | By Dennis Cakert

 The 2015 International Property Rights Index (IPRI) was officially launched this morning in Kuala Lampur, hosted by Wan Saiful Wan Jan, Director of Southeast Asia Network for Development (SEANET). Today featured an introduction to the IPRI given by the Executive Director of the Property Rights Alliance, Lorenzo Montanari, followed by a presentation on this year’s findings by the 2014-2015 Hernando De Soto Fellow, Prof. Sary Levy Carciente. The launch will last all week and features presentations from many experts in property rights and economic development.

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