Originally published: April 20, 2009
Last updated: April 20, 2009 - 9:26pm
A collection of unions, artists' alliances, companies, trade associations and research organizations whose livelihoods depend on solid intellectual property protections wrote to President Obama Monday countering what they believe is a "false dichotomy" espoused by high-tech groups who suggested in a letter earlier this month that there is a conflict between the rights of authors and inventors and the need for innovation or creativity. "The authors of the April 2 letter would have you believe that you must choose between safeguarding IP protection on the one hand and promoting innovation on the other. This supposed conflict is itself an invention," the new letter stated. The communiqué was signed by Association of American Publishers, Business Software Alliance, Copyright Alliance, Motion Picture Association of America, Recording Industry Association of America and many more. The previous memo was sent by the American Library Association; Center for Democracy and Technology; Computer and Communications Industry Association; Consumer Electronics Association and others.
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