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2008 IP news from CI members

The following collects a summary of all the IP stories of significance submitted by CI members during 2008:

CHOICE: Australian Consumers' Association

Web: http://www.choice.com.au and email:ausconsumer@choice.com.au

Intellectual property is a consumer issue

The intellectual property system is often portrayed as a battleground in which the creators of content are pitted against lawless "counterfeiters" and "pirates". Multinational media companies have relied on this perception in order to push governments for stronger and yet stronger intellectual property (or IP) protection in both domestic and international law - a trend which shows no signs of abating.