Toronto: Canada has joined the league of Russia and China as the biggest violators of US copyright law, according to a US-based group.
The 10 other countries recommended by the US-based group, International Intellectual Property Alliance, that can be placed on the Priority Watch List, include Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Egypt, India, Mexico, Peru, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and Ukraine.
It also recommended that 29 other countries, including Spain, Sweden and Israel, be placed or maintained on the less critical Watch List. A total of 51 countries were named as significant violators.
In a report filed to US Trade Representative Susan Schwab Monday, the group recommended that Canada join the other two countries on the USTR’s Priority Watch List. Countries on this list are subject to accelerated investigations and possible trade sanctions.
Schwab’s office will release its annual watch lists at the end of April. The IIPA said Canada is the only country in the 30-member Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development that has yet to modernize its copyright law or meet the minimum global standards set out in the World Intellectual Property Organization treaty signed in 1996.
“Canada has taken no meaningful steps toward modernizing its copyright law to meet the minimum global standards of the WIPO internet treaties, which it signed more than a decade ago,” the report said.