Bulgaria Blacklisted among World's Intellectual Pirates

Politics | February 11, 2005, Friday // 00:00

Bulgaria has been included in a list of 67 countries that sell pirate copies of US-made products.

The list has been prepared by the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA). As a result of the deficiencies in the copyright regimes of these surveyed countries, IIPA reports that the US copyright-based industries have suffered estimated trade losses of USD 13.4 B due to piracy in these 67 countries in 2004.

On a global basis, the IIPA conservatively estimates that total losses due to piracy stood at very minimum USD 25-30 B in 2004, not counting significant losses due to Internet piracy, for which meaningful estimates are not yet available.

The study shows that piracy continues unabated in the domestic market and pirate exports continue to spread across both Eastern and Western Europe.

The IIPA recommends that 15 countries be placed on the Priority Watch List in 2005: Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kuwait, Lebanon, the People's Republic of China, the Philippines, South Korea, and Thailand.

The international organization has identified six global trade priorities for 2005: Internet piracy, e-commerce and the WIPO Treaties; optical disc piracy and its effective regulation; piracy by organized crime syndicates; end-user piracy of business software and other copyrighted materials; piracy of books and journals; and improving copyright protection and enforcement, including through free trade agreements.

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