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August 08, 2004
Cultural Protectionism, Copyright and Filesharing
Marginal Revolution points out an interesting confluence of interests in the copyfight (Cultural diversity and copyright). Traditionally, many countries attempting to control cultural influences have had quota systems for cultural imports. Countries, such as France, would permit only so many American movies, for example. Hollywood has, of course, strongly opposed this and pushed for cultural products to be regulated like any other import. Until now, cultural products have basically been more or less exempt from free trade agreements.
Of course, this does not mean that the demand for American cultural products went away. With the advent of the internet, people in countries with cultural quotas are accessing American culture by downloading it through P2P programs. To stop this leakage, countries such as France are cracking down on filesharing, which Hollywood likes. However, without their desired cultural products quotas, it is unclear how much interest countries like France would have in regulating P2P.
Interesting, and revealing about how copyright enforcement is a tool of cultural control.
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