IFPI responds to EU calls to strengthen intellectual property enforcement in “priority countries” China, India and Turkey

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IFPI publishes a statement on the European Commission’s calls to strengthen intellectual property protection and enforcement in “priority countries” China, India and Turkey.

The European Commission has published the 2023 edition of its EU priority country report to strengthen the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR) in countries outside the European Union. IFPI has issued a statement on the release of this year’s report.

The report identifies “priority countries” where the level of intellectual property protection “is of greatest concern” and highlights countries where shortcomings appear to be causing the greatest economic damage to EU interests. The aim of the report is to focus the European Commission’s efforts and resources on improving the intellectual property environment around the world.

IFPI and its national network of groups have over 8,000 members in 70 countries. IFPI’s mission is to promote the value of recorded music while advocating for record producers’ rights and expanding the commercial exploitation of recorded music in all markets worldwide.

This year’s list recognizes the concerns identified by the IFPI in several countries – including Indonesia, South Korea and India – while recognizing the progress made in countries like Nigeria in passing the new copyright law.

“We welcome the latest update from the European Commission and are pleased to support their ongoing work in this area,” says IFPI Executive Director Frances Moore. “Properly established and enforced intellectual property rights are fundamental to the sustained success of a country’s music sector and the significant economic and cultural contribution it makes.”

“The US government recently released its Special Report 301, which examines the adequacy and effectiveness of protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights by US trading partners,” Moore continues. “Similarly, it reflects the perspectives of the IFPI and the European Commission, also in relation to Brazil, China, India and Thailand.”

“We hope that both reports will help raise awareness of the deficiencies in intellectual property protection in these countries,” Moore concludes. “We continue to work with our member record companies around the world to improve the situation for the benefit of music communities around the world.”