InfoWeek has an article commenting on the Bush adminstration's apparent desire to prioritize educating other countries regarding intellectual property rights and a response suggesting that education at home should come first. Patricia Keefe's article got things started. Editor Mitch Wagner continued the discussion. A few snippets:
I just don't think these people care. They might update their laws to make the U.S. government happy, but they aren't going to enforce them. In the poorest ones, coping with poverty and unemployment while trying to provide basic services such as education, healthcare and utilities, all while fending off dissidents and or rebel groups in some cases, keeps these foreign governments pretty busy.
Digital-rights management, or DRM, of consumer media is the most visible symptom of the United States' broken intellectual-property policy. Media and electronics companies are pouring fortunes into developing DRM technology. DRM is just plain bad business: It's expensive and unreliable, and it restricts customers' ability to use media as they want to. The DRM vendor's best hope is that the restrictions won't be too onerous. TiVo is learning that lesson the hard way.