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Senior U.S. Official Calls for More Intellectual Property Protection From China

U.S. Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs Jose W. Fernandez, called on China to devote greater resources and effort towards preventing the theft of U.S. intellectual property. Fernandez presented to a business audience in the southern Chinese city of Hong Kong, detailing the deleterious effects of intellectual property theft: “One U.S. company was the … Continue reading

Contrary to Popular Belief, China Ain’t No Slacker in the IPR Enforcement Department

A recent article about China’s crackdown on IP piracy claims that the country’s ongoing and continuous efforts are already showing good results; when compared to the figures of last year, a definite decline in piracy has been reported. The claim seems a trifle contradictory, to say the least, mostly because there is no dearth of news on … Continue reading

Lucky Number 17?: Russia’s 16th Consecutive Year on the U.S Copyright “Watch List”

For its 16th consecutive year, Russia was named in the U.S copyright top priority “watch list”, according to a record kept by the International Intellectual Property Alliance. India, China, Argentina, Indonesia, Thailand and Canada too were among the countries perceived by the U.S to be failing to amend its copyright laws. The annual report released … Continue reading

The Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances

Negotiators from WIPO’s member states signed the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances (BTAP) on June 26, 2012 at the diplomatic conference. The new treaty, which came to a successful culmination during final rounds of negotiations in Beijing, comprehensively brings audiovisual performers into the reach of the international copyright framework. BTAP stabilizes the precarious position performers … Continue reading

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