With the Special 301 report’s credibility in doubt for years, it seems that there is a double down on wild accusations.
We’ve noted several times in the past just how bad the credibility of the USTR Special 301 report has been over the years. This year’s report is not only no exception, but could very well outdo the previous years of proving that it lacks credibility.
The USTR’s Special 301 report has been well known for being essentially a wish-list put together by the US copyright industry. Over the last few years, doubts have been raised over the validity of the report by many observers. It now appears that the Canadian government also shares those doubts.
A few days ago, we highlighted the USTR Special 301 report and briefly mentioned how Canada was put on a priority watchlist. Now, it’s starting to look like putting the country on the priority watchlist could backfire.
Many observers who take particular interest in Canadian issues surrounding copyright might find this to be a broken record, but a copyright lobby group is, once again, demanding that Canada be placed on a priority watch list in a special 301 report (or, as some might consider, a priority “wish list”)
The Office of the United States Trade Representative issued the Special 301 Report (PDF) for 2007.