US drops sanctions threat on Pakistan over piracy

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 2:40 pm

The United States has dropped a threat to cut off trade benefits for Pakistan because of steps that country has made to crack down on the piracy of U.S. music, movies and software, the U.S. Trade Representative’s office said on Tuesday.

The announcement came shortly before President George W. Bush was due to meet with Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz.

“The United States is pleased with the recent progress Pakistan has demonstrated in fighting optical disk piracy,” U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman said in a statement.

“Pakistan’s concerted efforts since April 2005, particularly its enforcement actions, have resulted in concrete results, including destruction of pirated optical disks, plant closures, arrests and confiscations of imported disks.”

U.S. copyright industry groups filed a petition in 2001 asking the Bush administration to consider suspending Pakistan from the Generalized System of Preferences program because of rampant piracy. However, the same organizations recommended in November the investigation be terminated.

Source: Reuters


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