US has placed 12 countries that includes India, China, Russia on a "priority
watch list" for ''failing to sufficiently protect American producers of music,
movies and other copyrighted material from widespread piracy''.
nine countries placed on the priority watch list were Argentina, Chile, Egypt,
Israel, Lebanon, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine and Venezuela.
12 countries will now be subject to extra scrutiny that could eventually lead
to economic sanctions if the US administration decides to bring trade cases before
the World Trade Organisation.
31 countries have been placed on lower level monitoring lists, indicating the
concerns about copyright violations in those nations did not warrant the highest
level of scrutiny.
annual "Special 301 Report," said that China has a special stake in
upgrading its protection of intellectual property rights, as its own companies
will be threatened by rampant copyright piracy as they increase their own innovation.
Each year the
US administration is required to report to the Congress
the problems American companies face globally with copyright piracy, which they
the US administration says deprives of revenues worth billions of dollars in lost