Alfred de Zayas, the United Nation's independent expert on the promotion of democratic and equitable international order, said the Trans-Pacific Partnership "is fundamentally flawed and should not be signed or ratified unless provision is made to guarantee the regulatory space of [s]tates."
What WikiLeaks claims to be the full intellectual property chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership appears to give countries greater power to stop sensitive information from going public.
With the simple dictum "don't be evil" as its motto, the Internet software giant Google -- which ranked as the third-highest lobbying spender in the tech industry in 2010 -- wages an aggressive image and relations campaign with an international public, and its strategy is evolving. (more)
Is there a social consequence to the increasing numbers of consumers who expect to get information and entertainment for nothing? Can there be too much of a good thing? "Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age” by Steve Knopper provides a useful autopsy.
While not to be confused with piracy on the high seas, a Swedish court has ordered that the four founders of The Pirate Bay, the most renowned file-sharing Web site on the Internet, should be jailed for one year after being found guilty of breaking copyright law. All this for a site that provides user-submitted links to media, not storage of the media itself.