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Ukraine fighting "pirates"

Date: May 17, 2004
Source: Computer Crime Research Center
By: Ludmila Goroshko

The US continue to demand from Ukraine to strengthen fight against production of pirated compact discs. Though intellectual property rights are still being violated in Ukraine.

Experts of Ukrainian computer cafe association assert that while Ukraine was fighting distribution of pirated CDs a new "grey" kind of piracy appeared. Factories producing compact discs under license but significantly increase offtake and then stick imitation of licence on discs. Only specialist are able to differ these compact disks from original.

Last year 30 million CDs were manufactured in Ukraine and only 10m were officially sold. The rest were sold abroad or through the network of sales outlets in Ukraine.

That is to say because of these forgeries, the US decided to extend economic sanctions against Ukraine imposed in 2002 for violating intellectual property rights. The total cost of these sanctions is $75 million.

In the US Trade Mission annual report Ukraine is the first amongst the countries that do not fight pirate industry of illegal CDs with unlicensed records. The report marks a systematic insolvency of Ukraine to end up pirate industry that may be an obstruction for Ukraine to enter World Trade Organization.

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2004-05-18 09:39:47 - Many respectful Americans also use those... Alexey
2004-05-17 20:58:10 - That's the way they live over there... Serge
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