IIPA on Piracy: Canada Still a Problem

February 18, 2010 -

The International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) has issued its annual Special 301 Report to the United States Trade Representative (USTR) outlining its take on the state of international piracy.

IIPA members include the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), Business Software Alliance (BSA) and Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

The report identified 35 countries as hotspots for piracy, including Canada. It was recommended that Canada remain on the Priority Watch List as it “stands virtually alone among developed economies in the OECD (and far behind many developing countries) in failing to bring its laws into compliance with the global minimum world standards embodied in those Treaties.” It was also suggested that Mexico be added to the Priority List, as, "A mixture of legislative deficiencies and a lack of consistent, deterrent enforcement have made Canada and Mexico piracy havens."

Spain, which is already on the list, should be placed under “close scrutiny” according to the IIPA as “Enforcement in the online environment is made more difficult as a consequence of Spain’s Attorney General issuing a circular that decriminalizes infringements that occur via peer-to-peer (P2P) networks. “

Brazil was also a target of the report, with a recommendation that the country be kept on the Watch List due to increasing piracy and the “lack of an effective legal or practical framework for addressing it.”

Also mentioned in the report was a study done by the ESA into illegal downloading practices. In December of 2009 the group tracked 200 member-published titles across P2P. It was estimated that 9.78 million downloads of the games in question were completed over the timeframe.

The full list of countries on the Priority Watch List are: Argentina, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, Mexico, China, Philippines and Russian Federation. Remaining lists, as well as individual reports for countries, can be viewed here.

Countries on the USTR Watch List risk being on the receiving end of sanctions imposed by the USTR.


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Re: IIPA on Piracy: Canada Still a Problem

There are not many things I like about my country, but the fact that 40 million people can drive the entire US government and all of its mega corporations crazy is something that pleases me greatly.

Just so you guys know, this is recieving virtually no media coverage in Canada. People here really don't give a shit what some US lobby group has to say about Canada, especially when it is not true and is merely a piece written with an agenda (or ignorance, you never know with these US lobbyists)

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I am proud of our country for pissing off the MPAA and RIAA. I feel like we're doing something right if that is the case. Michael Geist is a goddamn hero.

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When your country is identified as a problem to American lobbyists, you know you're doing something right.

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This "battle" agaisnt piracy isn't about copyright protection, or else they'd actually go after the real pirates. This is about trying to destroy the second hand market.

Re: IIPA on Piracy: Canada Still a Problem

Thats more like phaze 2, currently they want to control every instance of copying and distrobusion no matter how small it is.


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Re: IIPA on Piracy: Canada Still a Problem

Anyone have a good picture of their(IIPA) president ? I feel a shooping comming on..... >>

 


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Re: IIPA on Piracy: Canada Still a Problem

Countries on the USTR Watch List risk being on the receiving end of sanctions imposed by the USTR.

Oh no!!! Not that!!

Does this really mean anything?

 

Re: IIPA on Piracy: Canada Still a Problem

Actually, certain motion picture studios (Warner Bros. comes to mind) are threatening to stop showing audience-testing previews up here, alleging that the free screenings are where the pirates go to get their early bootlegs.  If they went through on that, it could cause negative ticket sale backlash from Canadians who wouldn't want to go to movies until after the local press reviewed them, driving down opening weekend revenues.  The theatres don't want that, so they'll acquiese to any stupid demand (when I went to District 9 they had everything short of one of those airport full-body scanners) to hang onto their precious pre-release screenings.

We're already seeing this happen in the gaming industry, what with "preview weekends" where journos are shuffled off to some hotel and only have contact with the game in the company of six yes-men and a lawyer.

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Re: IIPA on Piracy: Canada Still a Problem

 Feel free to sanction us for not feeling the need to oblige hollywood. We'll gladly start sanctioning your oil in return.

Re: IIPA on Piracy: Canada Still a Problem

yes, yes it does.  it means you'll recieve free toilet paper with fancy words written all over it.

Re: IIPA on Piracy: Canada Still a Problem

Remember drone, only use our products in the manner that we intended you to use them and whichever way earns us the most money, and promptly switch to our newest revisions and re-buy everything from us again re-released or else we'll crush you with the judges we bought.

 

This entire issue isn't about people "taking" anything or dimishing sales. This is just all an excuse for more control over legitimate consumers. It is not an accident that each time these "reforms" go through consumers end up paying more and getting less.

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Man, I might be in the industry, but I still love us being up there at the top of that list. And USTR, really? Wanna talk wood or electricity you weaseled out of? (That is a targeted arrow to a few US governement bodies, not the whole of US)

Also, can we see a breakdown of those """downloads"""? How many are the same person for the same title? The same person for more than one title? People who have bought the game, but want a backup or a copy without DRM? People who subsequently bought a copy? And as much as it pains me to put it there, people whose laws don't consider it wrong doing it? (We would not want the ban of other countries applied to ours, we have to recognize the sovereignity of country allowing the download of copyrighted material.)

Not sure we'd tally up to 9.8 millions wrong-doing persons after that, as they try to suggest.

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"Not sure we'd tally up to 9.8 millions wrong-doing persons after that, as they try to suggest."

Wouldn't that be a pretty good majority of the population as well? You may have a lot of land, but you're not exactly that populous. This isn't a dig at Canada, just another important point about their "numbers".

 

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Re: IIPA on Piracy: Canada Still a Problem

Are they really sure it's Canada that's the problem, or Yanks using Canadian proxies?

 

Re: IIPA on Piracy: Canada Still a Problem

Oh! Canada.

Keep up the good work.

Re: IIPA on Piracy: Canada Still a Problem

 Maybe the US should clean up its own back yard before it starts pointing fingers in every other direction.

Re: IIPA on Piracy: Canada Still a Problem

Careful now Cananadia... keep this up and people might start to be under the impression that you're an independant Western nation. You're obviously one small step away from a North Korean-like regime of oppression.

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 Glad to be a thorn in your side, hollywoods bitch! 

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"Canada stands virtually alone among developed economies in the OECD in failing to bring its laws into compliance with the global minimum world standards embodied in those Treaties."

Woot, still number 1!  :D

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Re: IIPA on Piracy: Canada Still a Problem

Canada should be proud.

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Re: IIPA on Piracy: Canada Still a Problem

They're just spewing this bullshit because they're pushing for massive US-style copyright reforms in Canada.  Copyright reform has been forthcoming for the last year and a half or so now, and the current Conservative government has tried twice to table absolutely horrible copyright bills, and failed both times thanks to some nice public rallying.  Howard Knopf over on Excess Copyright has a fantastic post refuting this 301 special report crap here.

Nod to Michael Geist's fantastic blog for the reference.

 
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