IIPA Report Published: BS Detector Recommended
The International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) this week published their annual report and submission to the US Trade Representative. Each year they compile together reports from the Business Software Alliance, MPAA and the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. The purpose of all this is to get the USTR to place countries considered as intellectual property malingerers onto a Section 301 watch list where compliance with IP obligations is monitored and may result in the imposition of trade sanctions or removal of benefits under the General System of Preferences. These reports are widely regarded as fiction, largely due to the inflated estimates of losses bandied about. Essentially the IIPA considers every unauthorised copy to be a lost sale, where in fact most people would not use a product at all if they couldn’t get it for free off the net or cheaply from a street hawker. Thus their estimated losses for the sixty countries covered was 15.2 Billion in 2006 alone!
Nonetheless the report is always interesting. Principal villains this year are: Argentina, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, China, Domincian Republic, Egypt, India, Israel, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arapia, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine and Venezuela.
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