Enforcing Intellectual Property Rights Online

Google v. Equustek was the case I discussed last class where Equustek accussed it’s distributor of stealing its product to sell as a rival product. The Supreme Court of Canada provided an injunction to delist the infringer from Google worldwide.This ruling creates freedom of speech concerns as well as issues over whether countries can enforce their law on the Internet in other countries. With the global reach of the Internet, I believe this is a problem international law needs to solve in order to protect intellectual property rights. If infringers are protected by other countries such as in this case, companies will be unable to protect their rights. However, allowing other countries to decide what is acceptable fir the world’s Internet can force perfectly legal content in one country to be banned worldwide by other countries. I believe an international solution is required to deal with the problem.


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  1. Mark, thank you for providing the article and your analysis. I particularly liked that you touched on the need for change under the international spectrum. As you mentioned, allowing other countries to decide what is acceptable may seem like a favorable solution at first, but it could bring unfavorable results later. It will be interesting, however, to not only find out if an international solution is proposed, but also if we can find a way to provide sustainability to its implementation.