Why isn’t China on the priority watch list? Everyone knows you can get cheap pirated software, dvds, cds, etc there… :?
[quote]U.S. Elevates Korea to Priority Watch List Based on Continued Concerns Regarding Film and Music Piracy
Pursuant to Section 182 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended by the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 and the Uruguay Round Agreements Act of 1974, under Special 301 provisions, the Office of the US Trade Representative must identify those countries that deny adequate and effective protection for IPR or deny fair and equitable market access for persons that rely on intellectual property protection. Countries are placed into one of four categories: (1) Priority Foreign Country, (2) Priority Watch List, (3) Watch List, or (4) Section 306 monitoring.
Priority Foreign Countries that fail to enter into good faith negotiations or make significant progress in bilateral or multilateral negotiations to provide adequate and effective protection of IPR may be subject to sanctions. Currently, one country (Ukraine) is designated in this category and subject to $75 million in sanctions.
Countries that were previously designated a Priority Foreign Country but entered into good-faith negotiations and/or are making progress are placed under Section 306 monitoring; currently, China and Paraguay fall into this category. USTR has also created a “Priority Watch List” and “Watch List” under Special 301 provisions. Placement of a trading partner on the Priority Watch List or Watch List indicates that particular problems exist in that country with respect to IPR protection, enforcement, or market access for persons relying on intellectual property.
The Special 301 review occurs annually each April, but out-of-cycle reviews may be conducted at any time to evaluate changes and developments in particular countries. In the 2003 Special 301 Report, released on May 1, 11 trading partners were placed on the Priority Watch List and 36 trading partners were placed on the Watch List. Korea, which was originally on the Watch List, now joins Argentina, Bahamas, Brazil, the EU, India, Indonesia, Lebanon, the Philippines, Poland, Russia, and Taiwan on the Priority Watch List.[/quote]