Intellectual Property

Citizens Against Government Waste Supports the Protection of U.S. Intellectual Property

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) President Tom Schatz issued the following statement in support of the executive memorandum that was signed by President Donald Trump on August 14, 2017, directing the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to investigate whether China has harmed the intellectual property rights of American citizens.

The Jetsons and the Internet of Things

“The Jetsons” was only on television for one season, 55 years ago, but it produced a lasting impression about an interconnected future.  The show didn’t use the term “Internet of Things,” but much of what took place fits into today’s technology. 

Thornberry’s Attempt at Acquisition Reform

Over the past 15 years, the budget of the Department of Defense (DoD) has swollen to encompass more than 50 percent of discretionary spending in fiscal year (FY) 2016, and is expected to increase by an additional $54 billion in FY 2018.  Unbelievably, it is the lone federal agency to have never undergone an audit, as is required by law.  The vital nature of the Pentagon’s mission means that inefficiency in this sector is too dangerous to tolerate.  Wasted spending costs taxpayers and undermines the capability of the armed forces.

Trade Negotiations Should Review Findings of Special 301 Report

During President Trump’s campaign and throughout his first 100 days in office, there was a great deal of discussion about tearing up or renegotiating various trade agreements, especially the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) among the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.  President Trump announced on April 27, 2017 that instead of withdrawing from NAFTA, as he often suggested during the campaign, he would instead renegotiate the agreement.  While the President may be focused on what he views as unfair trade practices and their impact on jobs, he must not forget about intellectual property (IP) rights.

New Bill Opens Discussion on Music Rights

On April 5, 2017, Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) introduced H.R. 1914, the Performance Royalty Owners of Music Opportunity To Earn Act of 2017 (PROMOTE Act).  This legislation would grant sound recording copyright owners the exclusive right to prohibit the broadcast transmission of sound recordings by means of terrestrial radio stations.

CAGW Releases Comprehensive Waste Cutting Proposals for 115th Congress

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
February 13, 2017  

(Washington, D.C.) –  Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released its Critical Waste Issues for the 115th Congress.  The report cuts through the clutter to outline important proposals for smaller and more efficient government. 

Intellectual Property Rights Fuel the Economy

On December 6, 2016, the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) issued a report highlighting the economic impact copyright industries have on the economy.  These industries include producers and distributors of books, journals, movies, music, software, and video games.

CAGW Lists Taxpayer Tricks and Treats For Halloween 2016

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
October 27, 2016  

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released the 16th annual compilation of scary, surreal, and spine-tingling taxpayer tricks and treats.  The following is CAGW’s list of nominees for inclusion in the Fiscal House of Horrors for 2016…

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CAGW Names Rep. Mike Rogers November 2018 Porker of the Month

Rep. Hoyer is CAGW's Porker of the Month for his support for being a leading proponent of a wasteful sixth military branch called the Space Force.