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Intellectual property under President Trump

0 President-Elect Trump (photo: Michael Vadon) Donald Trump ran a campaign focused on the creation and retention of jobs in the United States. The President-elect has spoken of taking a strong stance against the exportation of jobs and manufacturing to China in particular. Trump has also been critical of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and promises to oppose it. These policies will undoubtedly have ramifications for IP owners, but Trump and his campaign have said little explicitly about IP. Trump certainly understands the power of a brand, however. He does talk about China a lot. Trump is a great admirer of the Great Wall of China, but is less enamoured of the country’s business practices, especially those that involve the theft of trade secrets from the US. Trump’s published platform focuses on strengthening the US economy, and its only mention of intellectual property is focused on China and job creation: According to the US International Trade Commission, improved protection of America’s intellectual property in China would produce more than 2 million more jobs right here in the United States. [ The Commission On The Theft Of American Intellectual Property , May 2013 ] Trump has been fixated on China as […]

Will President Trump Be Tough on Online Piracy?

Will President Trump Be Tough on Online Piracy?The people of the United States elected Donald Trump as their next president this week. The election outcome came as a total surprise to many, who are now wondering what’s in store for the next four years. According to some, The Pirate Bay and other pirate sites are in for a rough ride, but is that really the case? At TorrentFreak we have no interest in reporting on politics, except when it’s relevant to copyright issues. After the surprising victory of Donald Trump earlier this week, several people asked what this would mean for the country’s stance on piracy and copyright enforcement in general. While we would love to dissect the issue in detail, there are no concrete policy proposals yet. Neither Trump nor Clinton have gone into detail over the past few months. So what do we know? It’s not a secret that Donald Trump made some rather dubious remarks during his election campaign. For example, he suggested that it might be worth considering whether to “ close up ” the Internet over terrorist threats. Extreme or not, we believe that extrapolating these kinds of one-liners into copyright policy proposals goes a bit far, to say the least. A concrete promise Trump has made on copyright issues came a few hours after his election victory. The president-elect vowed to end foreign trade abuses with help from the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), which keeps a close eye on pirate sites . “I will direct the Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Trade Representative to identify all foreign trading abuses that unfairly impact American workers and direct them to use every tool under American and international law to end those abuses immediately,” Trump said. This is tough language. Still, the promise is hardly any different from the general policy that’s been […]

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