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The Office of the US Trade Representative has published its yearly piracy watchlist officially named Special 301 Report. The document highlights countries failing to comply with the copyright protection standards of the United States. Apparently, the enforcement of IP rights is a priority for the Trump administration. In the report, Canada and Switzerland are listed among the two dozen of other countries.

USTR publishes its report listing countries that aren’t doing enough to protect US intellectual property rights every year. The latest report is the first under the administration of President Trump, but slightly differs from Obama’s: China, Russia, Ukraine and India are major threats, while even Canada and Switzerland remain in the list.

What is Canada doing there? Well, first of all, it doesn’t allow border protection officials to seize or destroy pirated goods that are passing through. Besides, the United States doesn’t particularly like Canada’s fair dealing rules, as they list education as a copyright infringement exception. According to the United States, the language used in the Canada’s law is too broad and damages the rights of educational publishers. Previously, Canada has also been called out for offering a safe haven to pirate websites.

By the way, pirate website hosting is still a problem in many other countries – and even in Switzerland, as the USTR noted that it has become an increasingly popular host country for infringing sites since 2010. The Swiss Government is taking steps to address these problems, but there is another enforcement problem: the so-called “Logistep Decision.” The matter is that the Swiss Federal Supreme Court prohibited anti-piracy agency Logistep to harvest the IP addresses of file-sharers 7 years ago. The court decided that IP addresses amount to private data and effectively outlawed the tracking of file-sharers in the country. Now the US believes that such ruling prevents rights owners from enforcing their rights, and urges the Swiss Government to address this concern.

The USTR hopes to elicit change with its report. But not all countries agree to its results: for example, Canada said it doesn’t recognize the Special 301 Report and is going to follow its own path.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.
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