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Panama Passes Intellectual-Property Protection Law

Law & LawyersPANAMA CITY (AP) Panama's legislature has approved an intellectual-property law that would allow commerce officials to impose fines of up to $100,000 for copyright infringements without a trial or civil suit. The legislation is meant to bring Panama into compliance with a U.S.-Panama free trade agreement approved in 2011. It must still be signed into law by Panama's president. Some civic groups and organizations representing audio-visual artists and musicians are criticizing the measure, saying it threatens free speech. Other artists support the law, hoping it will cut down on pirated versions of their works. Lawmakers passed the measure Wednesday night.
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Panama Passes Intellectual-Property Protection Law
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, September 28 2012 @ 05:46 pm EDT

This is probably the best moneymaker ever. I really do hope it gets tweaked, or the President does not sign it.
Imagine being accused and having 15 days to prove your innocence or facing a fine up to $100,000, or multiples thereof. What a political hammer if you have charge of it. No judicial process, no appeal. The intellectual property environment is murky at the best of times, few would be able to prove innocence within the allotted time. The presumption of innocence needs to be among the tweaks added to this act.

Panama Passes Intellectual-Property Protection Law
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, October 01 2012 @ 11:05 am EDT

Hey Don I wonder if you could elaborate on this law, i've heard some terrible things about it. For example I heard that none of the money fromt he fines will actually go to the artists, instead it will go to the same office issuing the fines, and also to bonuses for its employees! Moreover this law helps the bugs guys more than the small artists, because in Panama the small time artists make their money by performing, and count on piracy as a means to distribute their music and get their name out. This law gives incentives to gov employees to invade the privacy of its citizens and incriminate them, def not good.