6 nations focus of c’right row

An organization representing film studios and record companies has asked U.S. Trade Representative Mickey Kantor to deny special trade benefits to six countries because of inadequate copyright protection.

The Intl.

Intellectual Property Assn. targeted Cyprus, Egypt, El Salvador, Turkey, Poland and Venezuela in its Monday petition to Kantor.

IIPA topper Eric Smith said the countries “have continually failed to give our companies effective protection to their copyrighted works.”

All six of the countries benefit from U.S. programs that allow developing countries to export certain goods to the U.S. duty-free.

Smith said the countries exported $ 683 million in duty-free products to the U.S. last year, while at the same time, U.S. copyright industries tallied $ 517 million in piracy losses in the same countries.

“These countries cannot continue to take trade benefits with one hand while stealing from us with the other,” said Smith.

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