Global anti-piracy treaty in the offing

November 14th, 2007 - 2:46 am ICT by admin  
However, the countries do not include Russia and China, which are major centres of international bootlegging.

On Oct 24, U.S. trade representative Susan C. Schwab said that the Bush government will be concentrating on three things- improving cooperation as well as establishing a code of best practices and strengthening the legal framework of intellectual property rights enforcement.

“Global counterfeiting and piracy steal billions of dollars from workers, artists and entrepreneurs each year and jeopardize the health and safety of citizens across the world,” Variety quoted Schwab, as saying.

“The United States looks forward to partnering with many of our key trading partners to combat this global problem. Today launches our joint efforts to confront counterfeiters and pirates across the global marketplace,” she added.

Countries involved in the negotiations are Canada, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Switzerland and the 27 member states of the European Union.

“The goal for now is to get like-minded countries together. As it progresses we would welcome additional countries,” U.S. trade rep spokesman Sean Spicer

The new treaty will complement the current accord on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual-Property Rights laid by the World Trade Organization.

“It will not involve any changes to the TRIPS agreement. Rather, the goal is to set a new, higher benchmark for enforcement that countries can join on a voluntary basis,” the United States Trade Representative said.

Many in the copyright industries have welcomed the proposal, calling tian effective move to curb infringement of copyrights

“The Intl. Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) and its members strongly support the leadership of the U.S. government, along with Japan, in commencing work on an agreement among like-minded countries seeking to improve potential signatory countries’ practical enforcement of their laws to deal with IPR infringements and crimes,” IIPA topper Erik H. Smith said in a statement.

“This agreement has real potential to improve the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights in major markets around the world,” said Motion Picture Assn. of America chief exec Dan Glickman.

“We think this agreement will help shift the international debate on intellectual property rights in favour of international cooperation and strong enforcement standards,” Glickman added. (ANI)

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