Taiwan Wants Off USTR's Priority Watch List

Country could get wish with out-of-cycle review.

Government officials in Taiwan are upset that the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has not taken the country off its Priority Watch List, which identifies nations with major copyright-infringement issues.

Taiwan has improved its copyright laws and enforcement practices, but USTR is choosing to see if the nation makes good on its promises to crack down on optical-media piracy. If it succeeds, sources say, USTR would issue an out-of-cycle review later this year to remove Taiwan from the list.

Other countries on the latest list, updated May 3, include Argentina, the Bahamas, Brazil, India, Egypt, the European Union, Indonesia, Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Pakistan, the Philippines, Russia and Turkey.


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