IP abuse

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IP abuse

Background

In October 2012, Norwegian consumer Linn Nygaard lost her entire library of e-books when her Amazon account was suspended, and a company representative told her there was no way she could get them back.

Using national consumer law against tech companies that abuse consumer rights

Rationale

The problem with accepting an intellectual property frame for our work on access to knowledge is that it is very difficult to make any headway, because the bulk of rights-holder lobbying muscle is mobilised against us. We therefore supplement this with an alternative and complementary approach: the use of consumer protection laws and policies.

Strengthening protection against abuse of intellectual property rights

Project outputs

Book in which this paper was publishedThe main output of this project was a research paper Consumer Protection and IP Abuse Prevention Under the WTO Framework by Dr George Tian, published in March 2012.