Magazine article Screen International

Ukraine on Piracy Watch List

Magazine article Screen International

Ukraine on Piracy Watch List

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The office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) on Wednesday [May 1] released its annual Special 301 report evaluating the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights in US trading partners.

For the first time since 2005, the USTR has designated a Priority Foreign Country (PFC) status to a territory, in this case Ukraine.

PFC is the most serious classification under the Special 301 statute and emerged in light of Ukraine's reputation as "an international source of pirated music and films that has significantly harmed the legitimate film and music market in Ukraine, with spill-over losses in the US."

Further to the enactment by Thailand of "meaningful anti-camcording legislation", USTR has scheduled a special review of Thailand's intellectual property protections before the issuance of next year's Special 301 report. …

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