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US Congress Moves to Strip Brazil of Developing Country Status

The American Conservative Union (ACU) today announced on behalf of its one million members and supporters its support of U.S. House of Representatives Resolution 3141, directing the President to terminate Brazil’s designation as a developing country, thereby eliminating the country’s qualification for preferred trade status, or GSP.

This bill, proposed by Congressman Mark Kirk of Illinois, establishes clear consequences in response to Brazil’s continued violations against American intellectual property rights.


“ACU is encouraged that members of the U.S. House of Representatives are holding Brazil accountable for its threats against American intellectual property rights,” said Stacie Rumenap, deputy director of ACU. 


“It is now time for the Administration to send a similar message to Brazil’s leadership; making it clear that threats against American innovation will not go unanswered,” she continued.


The U.S. Department of State estimates that Brazilian GSP exports to the United States were valued at US$ 2.5 billion in 2003.


American Conservative Union – www.conservative.org

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  • Guest

    finally a response
    I hear the current government repeatedly attack the USA over every ill in Brazil as well as the world….and the US normally doesnt respond at all. While I dislike Bush very much, I do believe that the US must send a strong signal to Brazil that piracy will not be tolerated. Also, if politicos in Brasilia want to be treated like an adult, well its time to start acting like one, that is to say responsibly.

  • Guest

    I hope this doesn’t happen, but I have to say, Brazilian violation of copyrights and intellectual property rights is a serious issue. China is even worse. And government should protect its industry from such violations. I do think there is a better way than taking away the status as a developing nation. Brazil needs the aid this status provides.

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