India Finally Gets U.S. To Acknowledge Piracy In Its Backyard

By SiliconIndia   |   Wednesday, 26 November 2014, 11:38 Hrs
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BENGALURU: For years, copyright violation has been a bigger issue than what it is known to and it is understood that even the best tech companies in the world are into violating these norms. While U.S. has blamed lax policing in countries such as India for a boost to piracy, India on the contrary has finally got U.S. to accept piracy in its backyard after submitting a list of over 600 websites, including Google, Amazon, Orkut and Flixter, accusing them of violating the copyright law, reports TNN.

The debate that lasted for over three years has finally found a mention in the joint statement issued after the completion of India-US Trade Policy Forum, which primarily spoke about cooperation of the shared interest in creative industries. Following that, the U.S. Trade repetitive Michael Froman further acknowledged that piracy issues were being faced by both Hollywood and Bollywood and there is no ignoring this fact.

Although Indian authorities had raised the issue in 2011, the U.S. failed to acknowledge it and played safe by stating that the websites were being handled in other countries, such as Russia. However, after some heated exchanges, the American authorities have finally accepted it that even the Indian music industry faced the same problems in terms of piracy.

However, Officials said the recognition of the problem is currently limited to the music industry. But the larger issue is that the film industry which has failed to raise the voice the way the music industry has done and this matter certainly needs to addressed in the coming future.
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