International Intellectual Property Alliance recommends designation of Ukraine as priority country in copyright piracy

The International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) the designation of Ukraine as a Priority Foreign Country (PFC) as a result of severe legal and copyright enforcement problems.

The IIPA IIPA recommends that United States Trade Representative designate Ukraine as a Priority Foreign Country and immediately suspend Ukraine’s eligibility to continue receiving Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) benefits.

The report says that Problems in Ukraine include rampant online and hard goods piracy, governmental decisions to act against the legitimate collecting society instead of against rogue societies, and the pervasive use of unlicensed software by businesses and government ministries. The piracy rates and level of copyright protection in Ukraine have worsened over the past two years. Both free and pay-for-download piracy of music and film are widespread in Ukraine.

Ukraine has now been placed on the IIPA Priority Watch List.

GSP denotes a country that receives trade benefits under the Generalized System of Preferences program.

The International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) is a private sector coalition, formed in 1984, of trade associations representing U.S. copyright-based industries in bilateral and multilateral efforts working to improve international protection and enforcement of copyrighted materials and open up foreign markets closed by piracy and other market access barriers.

http://www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine/international-intellectual-property-alliance-recommends-designation-of-ukraine-as-priority-foreign-country-in-copyright-piracy-320242.html

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