US removes Philippines from copyright blacklist

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piracyThe US has removed the Philippines from its blacklist of countries which do not properly protect US copyrights and patents, the US Trade Representative said on April 28.

The Philippines had introduced laws to better protect intellectual property rights and also beefed up enforcement, the office said in a statement.

“Although significant challenges remain, the commitment of Philippine authorities and the results achieved merit this change in status,” the office said.

US President Barack Obama and senior US officials visited the Philippines on April 28 and 29 as the last stop on a week-long tour of Asia.

The US is due to release its full report on intellectual property offenders shortly. US business groups are lobbying for India to be named the top offender, the spot that Ukraine was given last year. Since the last report came out a year ago, the US has also removed Israel from the intellectual property “watch list.”

The Philippines had appeared on the watch list or the priority watch list continually since 1994, and was first added in 1989.

Countries on the list, which include nations from India to Russia to Canada, are considered to have a weak record of defending or enforcing intellectual property rights, or close off market access to people relying on intellectual property.

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The US has removed the Philippines from its blacklist of countries which do not properly protect US copyrights and patents, the US Trade Representative said on April 28.

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piracyThe US has removed the Philippines from its blacklist of countries which do not properly protect US copyrights and patents, the US Trade Representative said on April 28.

The Philippines had introduced laws to better protect intellectual property rights and also beefed up enforcement, the office said in a statement.

“Although significant challenges remain, the commitment of Philippine authorities and the results achieved merit this change in status,” the office said.

US President Barack Obama and senior US officials visited the Philippines on April 28 and 29 as the last stop on a week-long tour of Asia.

The US is due to release its full report on intellectual property offenders shortly. US business groups are lobbying for India to be named the top offender, the spot that Ukraine was given last year. Since the last report came out a year ago, the US has also removed Israel from the intellectual property “watch list.”

The Philippines had appeared on the watch list or the priority watch list continually since 1994, and was first added in 1989.

Countries on the list, which include nations from India to Russia to Canada, are considered to have a weak record of defending or enforcing intellectual property rights, or close off market access to people relying on intellectual property.

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