• Categories
  • Archives

Brazil Kept on Watch List for Copyright Piracy

U.S.-based Defenders of Property Rights commended this morning’s decision by the office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to defer a final decision on Brazil’s preferential trade status with the U.S. until September 30, 2005.

Brazil, one of America’s largest trading partners, exported goods to the US valued at $21.3 billion in 2003, of which, 14 percent enjoyed duty-free status. 


In January 2001, due to a petition from the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) for a chronic lack of enforcement of copyright laws, the USTR placed Brazil on the Special 301 Watchlist, a list it will remain on during the extension review. 


USTR’s announcement this morning stated that the United States will look to Brazil for “concrete progress in reducing unacceptable levels of copyright piracy … “


“USTR has sent a clear signal to Brazil,” said Defenders’ president Nancie Marzulla.  “Brazil should consider this an opportunity to right their ways and stop robbing American businesses of their intellectual property rights.


“They are by no means off the hook.  Brazil’s government has been given six months probation and Defenders of Property Rights will be keeping a close eye on its progress.”


Brazil announced last month that it intends to break patents on AIDS drugs, demanding that U.S. companies forfeit their intellectual property rights, opening the door for further intellectual property abuses.


A withdrawal of Brazil’s preferred trade status under the Generalized System of Preferences would send a strong message to the government of Brazil, which has relied on its special duty-free trade status to develop into the world’s 11th largest economy.


Defenders of Property Rights was founded in 1991 to counterbalance the governmental threat to private property as a result of a broad range of regulations.


They say they believe that society can achieve important social objectives such as protection of our environment and preservation of our national heritage without destroying private property rights or undermining free market principles. 


Defenders of Property Rights
www.yourpropertyrights.org

Tags:

  • Show Comments (0)

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Ads

You May Also Like

Brazil Is Bleeding Money and Ideas

Anyone can see now that Brazil’s Workers’ Party (PT) administration had no alternatives, never ...

Politicking on Independence Day in Brazil

7 September is Brazilian National Day, the occasion when Dom Pedro declared his independence ...

For Brazil Winning Is Not Enough. World Wants to Be Swept Off Its Feet.

Brazil’s 2-0 victory over Australia on Sunday, guaranteed the team a berth in the ...

WikiLeaks Shows a Brazil Where Muslim Terrorism Is Fought Very Discreetly

Secret diplomatic messages from the United States released  by WikiLeaks reveal that Brazilian authorities ...

Brazil JBS Swallows US Pilgrim’s Pride to Become World’s Biggest Meat Company

Brazilian company JBS announced that the United States Justice Department has approved the takeover ...

Explaining America

Eleonora Duvivier Dodds, an Illinois-based Brazilian writer, had years of scholastic training at the ...

IMF Lauds Brazil But Also Urges Budgetary Reform

IMF’s managing director Rodrigo de Rato, during a press conference in Singapore, Friday, September ...

POR AÍ

Judith Kay is fascinated with Brazil and its music. After falling in love with ...

Let’s Just Invade Brazil!

A military invasion to liberate Brazil and the entire region would do so much ...