“Unlikely bedfellows Microsoft and Apple have asked the US Government to put Canada on its priority blacklist of intellectual property crooks, saying the country isn’t doing enough to prevent their products being ripped off,” Andrew Thomas reports for The Inquirer.
“But the Government decided against it and Canada narrowly missed being included on the list of the usual prime suspects – China, Russia, Argentina, Chile, Egypt, India, Israel, Lebanon, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine and Venezuela,” Thomas reports. “So, for the fourth year running, Canada remains in the second division of copyright crooks.”
Thomas reports, “The International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) blacklist – drawn up in February but only just published – is the first step in a process that can lead to international trade sanctions. The organisation, representing companies including Apple and Microsoft, says that Canada’s ‘chronic failure’ to modernise its copyright legislation has made it a global centre for bootleg movies and pirated software and had wanted the US Government to put Canada on the priority list.”
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