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Congressional International Anti-Piracy Caucus: 2010 Watch List

Published May 19, 2010

This report was produced by the Congressional International Anti-Piracy Caucus, a "bipartisan and bicameral group committed to protecting American intellectual property and reducing the scourge of piracy abroad".

The introduction of the May 2010 report states, "The Congressional International Anti-Piracy Caucus will focus once again on copyright piracy problems in Canada, China, Mexico, Russia, and Spain for 2010. We remain deeply concerned by the inadequacy of intellectual property protections in these countries and are greatly disappointed by their failure to make meaningful progress during the last year. Their continued failure to enforce intellectual property rights gravely hurts U.S. creators and our economy as a whole. In this watch list, we detail specific steps each country must take to protect intellectual property sufficiently in the future.

We also call upon all our international trading partners to take action against websites based within their borders whose business models are premised on delivering infringing content. Large scale intellectual property theft should not succeed in plain sight. We also urge them to give greater attention to businesses that use software without paying for it. This type of piracy undercuts sales for U.S. companies and subsidizes production costs for foreign enterprises that compete against U.S. businesses.

In addition, we call upon the Administration to do everything it can to ensure that our trading partners live up to their obligations to provide for effective enforcement of intellectual property protections."