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U.S. adds 12 nations to its priority piracy watchlist

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 30 Apr 2007 19:09 User comments (14)

U.S. adds 12 nations to its priority piracy watchlist On Monday, the Bush administration added China, Russia and 10 other nations to its so-called priority piracy watchlist for failing to "sufficiently protect American producers of music, movies and other copyrighted material from widespread piracy."
The 12 nations, as well as 31 other countries who were placed on a lower priority list, will be subject to extra scrutiny and eventually, if the administration sees it fit, they can bring trade cases before the WTO.

The list was reported in an annual report that the administration is required to give Congress that highlights problems that American corporation are facing with copyright policy worldwide, which the corporations contend is costing them billions in revenue each year.

"We must defend ideas, inventions and creativity from rip-off artists and thieves,"
U.S. Trade Representative Susan C. Schwab said in a statement accompanying this year's report.

The annual report, known as a "Special 301 Report," placed China, Russia, Argentina, Chile, Egypt, India,
Israel, Lebanon, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine and Venezuela on the high priority list and the U.S hopes that Russia will fufill commitments in upgrading copyright protection. A U.S.-Russia accord last year involving copyright policy was seen by the Bush administration as a key milestone in Russia's efforts to join the WTO.

Of course, the RIAA and MPAA had statements to make after the report was issued.

Neil Turkewitz, an official for the RIAA, applauded the decision to place Russia and China on the list. He noted that the two countries were home to "some of the world's most notorious pirate Web sites such as allofmp3.com."

Dan Glickman, boss of the MPAA, said the new report indicated "the scope of global piracy and serves as a sobering reminder of the challenges ahead."

The other countries, placed on lower priority, were: Belarus, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Jamaica, South Korea, Kuwait, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.

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14 user comments

130.4.2007 19:40

Look at our government go. They do everything in their power to keep us focus on things that keep us blind while they knifing the hell outta us in the back.

230.4.2007 20:21

No wonder America is going (and has been for a while) to crap. Yeah, I live in America but I am not proud of it, I am just kind of neutral. It just goes to show you where priorites are as opposed to where they should be such as helping under-privileged nations by giving food, volenteer work, etc. Helping fight AIDS in Africa and similar countires where it spreads like wild fire.

The list goes on and on, if the bush administration (yeah, his name doesn't even deserve to be capitalized) spent time and money on things that really matter like I already mentioned the world would be a heck of better place.

Heck I would bet that with the millions that is spent hunting pirates (a never ending cat and mouse game!) the U.S. government could develop the technology to fight something that really matters, not terrorists but something that is much much worse, as well as a world wide danger: Global Warming.

If the idiots spent half of what they do to "fight" piracy they could create something that doesn't cause pollution and gets rid of greenhouse gases at the same time!

Plus, its not the artists going nuts about the pirates, its the labels. From what I know about music contracts the labels pay artists for making a CD. The artists get little, if any, cut from the sales of CDs (and only when/if they hit something in the million mark). Basically the RIAA/MPAA gets 70-80% of the profits from a CD. The actual artists get around 5%-10% and the rest goes to various people (stores, etc.).

Looks like America will never learn that they do not rule the world, no one does.

330.4.2007 20:40
duckNrun
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The term piracy in the sense used is inaccurate.

Piracy denotes that some act is AGAINST the law of the land.

In the case of Allofmp3.com the site has been deemed LEGAL under RUSSIAN copyright law.

To claim something is illegal in another country solely because it is illegal in the country making the claim puts every country at risk of having it's laws declared illegal by a third party government.

What would the US say and do if say IRAN said that allowing women to vote and go about uncovered is illegal under Iranian law and therefore the US must stop allowing women within its borders from doing so? The US would laugh and claim sovereign rights.

Same goes for Russia in this case.

430.4.2007 21:13

Hahaha

First the us bullies canada into filing a complaint against china, and then they put them on their watch list.
what a back stab

Whats the us going to do now, file a complaint to the wto about the world? They'll probably file against god next for using copyrighted songs in churches.

Actually i know whats going to happen, the us is going ot invade china if they don't fix up their piracy.

geez get a life the only way to stop internet piracy is to shut down the internet which will never happen. They are fighting a lost cause.

51.5.2007 5:18

Too damn true. Our Gov thinks they are the higher power of all. They really need to get their stuff in check because just like the exploit other countries for their issues we have just as many if not more here. On top of that people support the biggest crooks here and they fight other people (internet people) because its a easy target for Senators, Governorw, and Mayors and so forth to use to help get them more votes from people that dont know nothing about nothing.

61.5.2007 7:16

Quote:
"sufficiently protect American producers of music, movies and other copyrighted material from widespread piracy."
how funny that we hold OTHER countries responsible for protecting OUR money.

71.5.2007 7:26
AXT
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I guess the MPAA and the RIAA are more important to the government than bringing back manufacturing jobs back from china and helping in the creation quality jobs.
People in china will NOT buy anything when their average worker is getting paid no more than 50cent an hour by an american manufacturer who is just looking to make more for their investors.
China and Russia simply don't care if you haven't noticed by now.

81.5.2007 12:37

Originally posted by Pop_Smith:
Basically the RIAA/MPAA gets 70-80% of the profits from a CD. The actual artists get around 5%-10% and the rest goes to various people (stores, etc.).
If and when it will turn to the opposite, I will be the first to support all of the copyright laws out there. But until then I won't buy any music just to fulfill the greed of these people living off the talent of artists.

I support my favourite artists by going to their live shows. Believe me, most musicians make much more on a tour than on all of their album sales combined.

Artists need to understand that in the digital age they don't depend on record labels anymore.

91.5.2007 20:15

Quote:
The annual report, known as a "Special 301 Report," placed China, Russia, Argentina, Chile, Egypt, India,
Israel, Lebanon, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine and Venezuela on the high priority list and the U.S hopes that Russia will fulfill commitments in upgrading copyright protection.
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Quote:
The other countries, placed on lower priority, were: Belarus, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Jamaica, South Korea, Kuwait, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.
Those two lists are impressive. Maybe they should look at the list and realize that they need to bring prices down of legit copies so that people can afford to buy good copies not counterfeit.

The economy in most of those countries are not good and if you want to make it better make it affordable for people to be able to attain the goods legally.

101.5.2007 20:41

makes you wonder when they gonna add United States to the list lol

111.5.2007 20:50

Originally posted by cecilzero:
makes you wonder when they gonna add United States to the list lol
LOL LMAO!!!!

Thanxs mate that comment made my day :D

122.5.2007 5:10

*plays the imperial march....again* really what else fits ?? :X

134.5.2007 23:10

What they missed out Australia. Maybe the reason is that the Prime Minister Mr. John Howard is breathing the same air as G W Bush or in Australia knowen as Little Bush because that is what us long distance transport drivers PI*S and Sh*t on.

1426.5.2007 11:00

Let's stop wasting everyone's time and just put the whole world on the "priority piracy list". The US included.

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