U.S. Officials Call Canada One of the Worst Piracy Markets In the World

The U.S. has just published its ‘Notorious Markets List’ – and Canada is near the top.

The United States has racked up its fair share of piracy offenses over the years.  So maybe this is a classic ‘pot calling the kettle black’ scenario.  Either way, Canada is close to the top of the US Trade Representative’s just-published ‘Special 310 Report’ on piracy and intellectual property violations.

Canada was outed in the just-released ‘2018 Special 301 Report on Intellectual Property Rights,’ which is mandated by the US Congress and prepared by the USTR.  In total, 36 other countries are listed, with Switzerland also making a surprise appearance.

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And then, there’s China, which tops the priority list for the 14th consecutive year. According to the report, China is guilty of “coercive technology transfer, impediments to effective IP enforcement and infringing activity such as trade secret theft, online piracy, and counterfeit manufacturing.”

“The clear message to China is that it should address all the problems identified in the Special 301 report, and we will continue to consider all avenues available,” a USTR bureaucrat declared.

Canada was selected for its “failure to resolve key longstanding deficiencies in protection and enforcement of IP.”  The USTR also deems Canada’s copyright exception for educational purposes as a grave concern.

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Alongside China, Canada joins this shamed lot of other piracy-infringing countries: Indonesia, India, Algeria, Kuwait, Russia, Ukraine, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, and Venezuela.

Also being watched is Thailand, Vietnam, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Egypt, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Greece, Romania, Switzerland, Turkey, Mexico, and Costa Rica.

The report itself seemed pretty sloppily assembled.

Torrentfreak noticed that throughout the report, the USTR didn’t even update ‘2017’ to ‘2018’.  For example, the 2018 report proclaims: “The 2017 Notorious Markets List includes examples of online marketplaces reportedly engaging in commercial-scale online piracy, including sites hosted in or operated by parties located in Canada, China, Cyprus, India, the Netherlands, Russia, Switzerland, Ukraine, and elsewhere.”

Accordingly, it’s unclear if anyone is really reading this bureaucratic destruction of a tree.

According to the USTR report, “the Special 301 listings and actions announced are the result of intensive deliberations among all relevant agencies within the U.S. Government, informed by extensive consultations with participating stakeholders, foreign governments, the U.S. Congress, and other interested parties.  The USTR looks forward to working closely with the trading partners identified in this year’s report to address these and other priority concerns.”





3 Responses

  1. Dean Hajas

    Canada ?? my home .. has systemically given over to piracy, because the bottom line is, this has been written into the fabric of our culture. Our Copyright Board – Giles McDougall, along with Nabdeep Bains (Minister of Science, technology and Commerce) dosent rewuire Proof of Copyright Ownership, nor yiur location at point of registry. SOCAN echoes this sentiment, with the self proclaimed ability to absorb our Royalties every 3 years. If our Government believes it’s above the Law of the USA.. please Thank Donald Trump for ripping up the T.P.P. And teaching Justin Trudeau some very valuable lessons on trade.
    I’m known as the “whistle blower”, and Canada stole from myself and my family, through piracies by the Gov, it’s agencies – PRO’s, and the providers of meta data. We welcome the Copyright Modernization measures recently introduced in the USA, and look forward to a prosperous opportunity.

  2. Remi Swierczek

    SOON, I mean VERRRRRY SOON there will be no piracy whatsoever!

    Daniel Ek with his DPO cash will sign up Planet Earth to $1/mth/family PREMIUM!

    Those who object will will be forced at the gun point (HE DOES HAVE ENOUGH CASH to hire bouncers and extortionists) to FREE ad supported SPOOFY!

    Ladies & Gentlemen, this GRAND EVENT will give us $22B global music industry and will KILL, ERASE and bury deep under ground all PIRACY!

    Thank you Sir Lucian and holly UMG for enabling Mr. Ek of Sweden to SHRED together with UMG enabled YouTube/VEVO $300B of music business obvious to BORAT’S brother (the goat trader) to $17.3B of subs, ads, CDs, downloads and VINYLS!
    NOTE: Inflation adjusted 1999= $60B today.

  3. Anonymous

    You really got this wrong, perhaps in part due to some sloppy reporting by Torrentfreak. What was just released was not the Notorious Markets Report (the actual title of that publication is the “2017 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets” and its shorter title it the “Notorious Markets List”), which was released in January, but the 2018 “Special 301 Report.” Torrentfreak’s observation that the newly released report referred repeatedly to the 2017 Notorious Markets List” reveals nothing about a failure to update the year; the 2018 Special 301 Report was in fact referring to the 2017 Notorious Markets List, as separate document pubilshed at the very beginning of this year.