Canada Rejects Flawed and One-Sided “Piracy” Claims From US Govt.
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Canada Rejects Flawed and One-Sided “Piracy” Claims From US Govt.

As usual, Canada is one of the prospective "watch list" candidates for the US Trade Representative’s annual list of countries with ‘failing’ intellectiual property protections. However, the Canadian Government has had enough of the allegations, describing the process as flawed as it’s mainly driven by one-sided copyright industry claims. Every year the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) releases an updated version of its Special 301 Report, calling out other nations for failing to live up to U.S. IP enforcement standards. In recent years Canada has been placed on this “watch list” many times, for a variety of reasons. The country fails to properly deter piracy, is one of the prime complaints circulated by the U.S. Government. Even after Canada revamped its copyright law, including a mandatory piracy notice scheme and extending the copyright term to 70 years after publication, the allegations didn’t go away in 2016. Now, a year later new hearings are underway to discuss the 2017 version of the report. Fearing repercussions, several countries have joined stakeholders to defend their positions. However, Canada was notably absent. While the Canadian Government hasn’t made a lot of fuss in the media, a confidential memo, obtained by University […]

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