US publishes piracy watch list

Each year the US publishes a report called Special 301. The report is an annual review of the global state of intellectual property rights (IPR) protection and enforcement.

"This Report reflects the Administration’s resolve to encourage and maintain effective IPR protection and enforcement worldwide. It identifies a wide range of serious concerns, ranging from troubling “indigenous innovation” policies that may unfairly disadvantage U.S. rights holders in China, to the continuing challenges of Internet piracy in countries such as Canada and Spain, to the ongoing systemic IPR enforcement challenges in many countries around the world. Positive accomplishments recognized in this year’s Report include improved efforts by trading partners the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland, all of whom have been removed from the Watch List."

One of the most interesting aspects of the report, as pointed out by ars technica, is the fact that Canada is lumped in with China and Russia on the Priority Watch List. Canada is on the list because they have not completed legislative reforms that they have committed to implementing. The report goes on to recommend that Canada should fully implement the WIPO Internet Treaties which they signed in 1997.

China makes the priority list for other reasons. The report states that 79% of all infringing products seized at the US border were of Chinese origin, that number is down from 81% in 2008. Small retail shops throughout China are also blamed for their status because they sell pirated movies, music, books and software.

The report goes on the list the other countries in US Watch List and Priority Watch List stating what the US feels they could do better to protect intellectual property rights in their country.

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jbarcus81 said,
Wow.. We (USA) aren't on the list? That's funny.. is this all mere propaganda? I agree to a point that we should not be involved in policing another countries issues with Piracy, but we shouldn't be picked on for making an effort to do something about the problem.. If such a problem exists..

It's a trade document, we don't trade with ourselves...

LaP said,
Problem is when you go to the stote you can't return it because you opened it.

I got a 360 scratced disc too. My Halo 3 disc was broken out of the box and the store did not want to refund me because of the law. I had to send it back to MS to get a replacement took a couple of days and i did not get any sort of compensation for my time.

When customers buy a product they should have the right to expect it to work properly on day 1 or be refunded.

Sad, & yes, totally agree w/ you on this. I bet you had to also pay out of pocket for the packaging/S&H too didn't you?

It's not the US, but big companies who put pressures on the Government to try and do these things. I do agree, to a point.

Our country was founded on the idea that a creator would have LIMITED TIME EXPIRING exclusive right something they create to sell, to prompt and innovate, sadly some companies try and make it permanent and stifle innovation.

etempest said,
It's not the US, but big companies who put pressures on the Government to try and do these things. I do agree, to a point.

Our country was founded on the idea that a creator would have LIMITED TIME EXPIRING exclusive right something they create to sell, to prompt and innovate, sadly some companies try and make it permanent and stifle innovation.

How do copyrights stifle innovation?

No copyrights do this as well. See how everything Disney has ever created keeps getting grandfathered into longer and longer copyright extensions.

Corporations owning author rights have now become immortal copyright holders...against the very spirit of copyright law.

Edited by excalpius, May 4 2010, 3:34pm :

excalpius said,
No copyrights do this as well. See how everything Disney has ever created keeps getting grandfathered into longer and longer copyright extensions.

Corporations owning author rights have now become immortal copyright holders...against the very spirit of copyright law.

That is the difference between copyright and patents though. Copyrights can be extended for up to 70 years after the death of the copyright holder. A good example is the birthday song. Patents on the other hand do not last near as long. The difference between the two is you cannot copyright how you made Mickey Mouse, only that you made him. If you have some special way of making him and you patent that process, only you can make characters using that process. Once the patent runs out, everyone else can use the same process. Copyright law is exactly where it should be. Patent law is what is jacked up in this country. The lawsuit going up against Apple is the perfect example. Someone owns a patent that covers every smart phone in existence. According to the patent, the iPhone is exactly the same as every other phone on the market and all those phones fall under the same patent. That particular patent should have never been allowed. The copyright for the iPhone should be allowed to be kept under Apple because it is their product and as long as Apple exists, that copyright should exist.

Sebianoti said,
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LoneRunner said,

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yeah

Not at all surprised to see Canada on the list. A lot of misinformed fools are running around here thinking piracy is perfectly legal just because there are no consequences. It's time to get our act together.

C_Guy said,
Not at all surprised to see Canada on the list. A lot of misinformed fools are running around here thinking piracy is perfectly legal just because there are no consequences. It's time to get our act together.

As opposed to who? The misinformed fools on the other end of the spectrum who think it's theft? LOL Get a grip.

No, just an attempt to copy the Roman Empire..... without rebuilding the Flavian Amphitheatre, AKA Colosseum. Too difficult to build it in seven years.....

if canada finally updates/reforms our copyright laws and it comes anywhere near to resembling american copyright laws i will be dissapointed.
we pay a premium for blank media here which goes directly to a consortium of american copyright holders to pay for our legal sharing.
and by sharing i mean responsible sharing. mix tapes/cd's, copying a movie you own and watching at a friends house or to preserve the original disk who's de facto warranty violates the law in both canada and the US, etc etc.
i know the US wants to extend their police state protectionist policies north of their borders but we aren't interested. if you look at the US copyright laws blank media shouldn't even be sold since it will likely be used for copying copyrighted materials, similar to drug paraphernalia. yes you could use a bong for tobacco but who does amirite?
and good luck using the fair use defense in court. or getting a reasonable and fair punishment if you violate the US copyright laws. ask that lady who got fined hundreds of thousands of dollars for like how many music tracks?
and never mind companies breaking the law in the name of combating piracy, including but not limited to actively hacking citizens computers, embedding malware on original consumer grade media(hi sony) and other questionable at best activities.
canadians want fair copyright laws that are good for artists and consumers. not the witch hunt that exists in countries like the US.

treemonster said,
... we pay a premium for blank media here which goes directly to a consortium of american copyright holders to pay for our legal sharing.
and by sharing i mean responsible sharing. mix tapes/cd's, copying a movie you own and watching at a friends house or to preserve the original disk who's de facto warranty violates the law in both canada and the US, etc etc....

We are now under pressure to apply the same tax to portable media players as well.

WAR-DOG said,

I think that this watch list is acknowledged only by the U.S.
Stop looking at piracy as a problem, instead look at it as a solution. Solution for what? Go figure...


It's a solution to Capitalism lol

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