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June 28, 2004

Go Ahead with the INDUCE Act - A View from Overseas

Posted by Ernest Miller

Dr. Karl-Friedrich Lenz, a professor at Aoyama Gakuin University in Japan, has a different perspective on the INDUCE Act (A Balanced View of the INSANE Act Proposal). Of course, there must be something wrong with the translation, Dr. Lenz has the Act as named, "Intentionally Stopping Advances of the Nation's Economy," or INSANE Act. Anyway, he is not nearly as opposed to it as many commentators here in the US:

First of all, while it might be true that this legislation will help to make America a technological backwater, with iPods and the Internet being illegal under this legislation, depending on your perspective, that is actually a good thing. It helps Europe and Japan in the global competition with America to have strange American laws strangling research and development there, so from an international point of view, I can only say "go ahead".
Lenz notes that the law could use some improvements, and if they were made, then, "it might be better than the Japanese approach of just arresting creators and sort out later if it was actually illegal what they did."

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1. Pete on June 28, 2004 01:09 PM writes...

It's only OK if you aren't worried about the US exporting law. Given that US trade negotiators have used every possible opportunity to push things like TRIPS on the world, we can't be complacent about new US law.

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