Public Knowledge and Michael Geist Tell USTR To Keep Canada Off The Intellectual Property Watch List

Canada does not belong on the so-called "Watch List" compiled by the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to single out countries deemed weak in intellectual property protection, Public Knowledge and Prof. Michael Geist said in a filing with the agency.

PK and Geist, a noted Canadian copyright authority, said in their comments in the "Special 301" proceeding that Canadian laws are sometimes stronger than those in the U.S.  According to the filing,

1. Canadian laws provide strong rights to all copyright owners, including U.S. copyright owners.

2. Canadian copyright limitations and exceptions are similar to those in the U.S. and are frequently narrower and less flexible than those in the U.S.

3. Canadian laws provide effective enforcement mechanisms.

4. Canadian authorities diligently enforce copyrights.

5. Proposed law reform in Canada would not jeopardize the adequacy of protection

available to U.S. rights holders.

Putting Canada on the special Watch List "would only lead to undermining the legitimacy of the Special 301 process," PK and Geist said.


The filing is available here.

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