ESA Draws Attention to Canadian Piracy
The Entertainment Software Association (The ESA is a game industry trade group) is drawing attention to the United States Trade Representative's action of placing Canada on a priority watch list for "failure to maintain effective intellectual property protection and enforcement. According to Michael Gallagher, CEO of the ESA, "Canada's weak laws and enforcement practices foster game piracy in the Canadian market and pave the way for unlawful imports into the U.S."
The ESA wants Canada to:
- "Enact legislation outlawing game circumvention devices, such as "mod chips" and "game copiers," in line with Canada's international treaty obligations;
- "Create adequate legal incentives for internet service providers (ISPs) to work with copyright owners in combating online piracy;
- "Provide Customs officials with adequate authority to make ex officio seizures of counterfeit and pirate product at the border; and,
- "Provide adequate resources to anti-piracy enforcement efforts and make prosecution of intellectual property crimes a high priority."