The IFPI on Wednesday (June 23) appealed to the European Union to set tighter copyright protection rules to curb soaring piracy.

The IFPI on Wednesday (June 23) appealed to the European Union to set tighter copyright protection rules to curb soaring piracy.

At a copyright conference in Brussels, IFPI chairman/CEO Jay Berman called on the EU to fully implement the 1994 global agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS).

"The TRIPS agreement was a crucial step forward in recognizing the global importance of intellectual property rights, but in the last 10 years its enforcement provisions have been poorly applied in too many countries or not applied at all," Berman said. "What we now need is a firm political commitment for TRIPS to be applied rigorously in the way that it was intended, so it becomes a truly effective global instrument in the fight against piracy."

The IFPI called for higher penalties for piracy, tighter regulation of CD plants, recognition for copyright offenses under organized crime statutes, and stricter border controls. The group said its priority territories for anti-piracy efforts outside the EU include: Brazil, China, Mexico, Paraguay, Pakistan, Russia, Taiwan, Thailand and Ukraine.

The recording industry estimates that there has been a 180% global increase in pirate discs sold between 1998-2003.

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