Stephen Mihm in the Boston Globe on "what's happening halfway around the world [in China] may be disturbing, even disgraceful, but it's hardly foreign. A century and a half ago, another fast-growing nation had a reputation for sacrificing standards to its pursuit of profit, and it was the United States."
Canadian Heritage Memorandum, December 8, 2020, ATIP A-2020-00498
The Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America, which brings together the leaders of Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, concluded this afternoon with a series of new agreements and strategies. Given the U.S. involvement, it should come as no surprise to find that an Intellectual Property Action Strategy forms a core part of the summit's final documentation. The document, which focuses on counterfeiting and piracy, includes three broad action items:
- "Detect and Deter Trade in Pirated and Counterfeit Goods," including developing best practices for enforcement, creating an enforcement network, increase collaboration on IP enforcement, and increased attention on border enforcement. Note that "digital piracy" is specifically identified as an issue for future work.
- "Public Awareness and Outreach," which includes greater co-operation between government and industry with increased information sharing. Lobby groups such as the Canadian Anti-Counterfeiting Network will conduct joint seminars with its US and Mexican counterparts on best practices and enforcement. The strategy also envisions policy roundtables and public awareness campaigns. The three countries will combine on a new website that will post articles about IP enforcement around the world, while industry has promised to develop a code of ethics for online transactions as well as a database on the benefits of IP and the dangers of counterfeiting and piracy.
- "Measuring Piracy and Counterfeiting," which includes developing baseline data on these issues, highlighting the effects of IP in each country's economy, and facilitating the collection of counterfeiting and piracy data.
All of these measures were entirely predictable, given that they are precisely what the North American Competitiveness Council recommended earlier this year. With that in mind, it bears noting what else the NACC recommended for completion by 2008, since it telegraphs what is on the horizon.
Felix Salmon debunks recent claims of a $500 million seizure of counterfeit software, demonstrating why the claims are enormously overstated.
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