NZ Leaks Reveal Skepticism of IP Law Push

A recent tip to Boing Boing from Michael Geist reveals some new leaks related from the New Zealand government about their skepticism of international copyright laws being pushed by a certain country. Specifically, the leaked documents reveal the NZ government’s doubts about the U.S.’s push to change the level of protection the country affords "technical protection measures" (TPMs, DRM, or digital locks).

The U.S. wants NZ to make jailbreaking illegal. Interestingly enough, while the U.S. pushes for new jailbreaking rules in other countries around the world, at home the U.S. copyright office recently suspended the restriction on jailbreaking iPhones for three years..

New Zealand is one of several countries that are involved in negotiations for a new regional trade deal. The U.S. wants part of that deal to include strong intellectual property rules. NZ is critical of WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) Internet treaties and attempts to limit flexibility on digital locks. It is also opposed to establishing international standards for anti-circumvention legislation.

Geist details the attitudes of the NZ government as revealed by these leaked documents here. It’s worth reading.

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