Ukraine could again get to the list of «pirate countries», warns knyazhitsky

If the Verkhovna Rada in the near future will protect the intellectual property bill No. 3081д «On state support of cinematography in Ukraine», the Ukraine will once again fall into the «black list» of countries that do not struggle with «piracy».

On Monday 16 January, said the head of the parliamentary Committee on culture and spirituality Nicholas knyazhytsky, reports «Interfax-Ukraine».

«If this law were not passed until the end of January, then in February, Ukraine is once again falls into the black list and lose a number of customs preferences in relations with the United States. Tens of millions of dollars in fines, which we will pay, if you do not pass this bill,» said kniazhytskyi at the meeting of the conciliatory Council of leaders of factions, committees and groups in Kiev.

He recalled that in early February, the international intellectual property Alliance will again consider the issue of Ukraine’s compliance with the legislation on protection of intellectual property.

The Deputy reminded that the Verkhovna Rada in September of 2016 took the act, but President Petro Poroshenko vetoed it. However, he has not transferred to the relevant Committee of the Parliament of the proposals which were agreed with the working group.

According to Knyazhytskyy, the proposals were agreed with the members of the working group, representatives of the presidential administration of Ukraine.

«I would like to contact the President to find a little time to view the achievements of the working group and to submit their proposals to the Committee so that we could in Parliament to consider and adopt the draft law», — said the MP.

At the same time, according to information posted on the official website of the Verkhovna Rada, the President has returned the bill with its proposals to Parliament.

As reported, in may 2015, US trade representative published a «List of 301», in which Ukraine was included in the list of the countries-infringers of intellectual property rights into the category of Priority Watch List, along with 12 other countries. In the document U.S. urged Ukraine to effective measures for the legalization of software in state agencies. This problem, along with the nontransparent administration of royalty collecting and inefficient suppression of spreading «pirated» content resources, the United States called main.

Ukraine has received the status of «pirate» countries in 2013, but sanctions it was not applied because of the complicated political situation.

Bill No. 3081д «On state support of cinematography in Ukraine» regulates pre-trial procedure in the fight against piracy on the Internet.

Poroshenko 18 Nov 2016 exercise the right of veto and returned to the Verkhovna Rada with his proposals adopted by the Parliament on 22 September 2016, the law «On state support of cinematography in Ukraine» (№3081-e). 5 December the head of state met with Ukrainian filmmakers promised full support to the speedy adoption of this law.

Ukraine could again get to the list of «pirate countries», warns knyazhitsky 16.01.2017

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