The first balanced approach to protecting copyright online
Mexico’s draft copyright bill could be the first to effectively combine the interests of stakeholders in the digital copyright debate, says Luis Schmidt
In an attempt to protect their rights online, copyright owners have
traditionally targeted internet service providers (ISPs) who provide
access to digital networks, render hosting or search engine services or
connect through hyper-linking. They also have brought actions against
website operators – chiefly so-called rogue websites – who use works by
uploading or disseminating, as well as end users of internet services
who copy works by downloading them. Lastly, they have taken actions
against file sharing services and the users of file sharing networks.
These methods have resulted in backlash and opposition from internet
freedom and consumer advocacy groups, both in Mexico and around the
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