The Motion Picture Export Assn. of America has withdrawn a copryright complaint filed against Malta, claiming the island nation has made great strides in bringing its video piracy laws up to international standards.

MPEAA filed a petition with the U.S. government in June 1991 asking that Malta be taken off a list of nations that are given preferential trade treatment.

Complaint alleged rampant video theft and a refusal by Malta to pursue copyright pirates. Malta has since passed legislation strengthening copyright laws that took effect in January.

The government has also threatened to shut down stores that carry pirated videos and warned against the export of illegal cassettes. MPEAA chairman Jack Valenti said Malta’s government “is to be commended” for its action. Malta, he said, “has signaled its intent to be a full-fledged partner in the international trade arena.”

Valenti also praised the actions of the U.S. Trade Representative’s office in bringing Malta into copyright compliance.

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