Day: April 30, 2010

Canada again named to USTR’s Priority Watch List for weak IP lawsCanada again named to USTR’s Priority Watch List for weak IP laws



The USTR just released its 2010 Special 301 Report. Canada has again been placed on the Priority Watch List along with Algeria, Argentina, Chile, China, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Russia, Thailand, and Venezuela.

In placing Canada on this list, the USTR stated the following: 

Canada will remain on the Priority Watch List in 2010. The United States looks forward to the government of Canada’s implementation of its previous commitments, recently reaffirmed in 2010, to improve IPR protection, and is encouraged by the high level of cooperation between the Canadian and United States governments on IPR matters.

Canada called out for weak copyright laws by IFPI and at the Heritage CommitteeCanada called out for weak copyright laws by IFPI and at the Heritage Committee



Digital piracy remains one of the biggest obstacles for the recording industry. It is an especially significant problem here in Canada. A major contributor is weak copyright protection which limits the development of new business models for music in Canada. These are the conclusions of the IFPI which just published a report setting out a comprehensive picture of the key trends in today’s music business including key trends in Canada. It is also the opinion of representatives of the recording industry who appeared before the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage last week.

Computer and Internet Law Updates for 2010-04-30Computer and Internet Law Updates for 2010-04-30