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Canada, Spain highlight congressional anti-piracy watch list

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“Today’s global markets are inseparably connected to the Internet,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah).

“While it has given consumers more choices with access to more goods and services than ever before, it has also caused online theft to thrive as well. We must come together to combat this threat in a truly systematic and coordinated manner.”

According to the Business Software Alliance, China remains far and away the largest source of software piracy at almost $8 billion in 2010 and a piracy rate of 78 percent. Canada’s piracy rate was significantly lower, with the watch list calling out the country’s lack of an effective legal framework to combat online piracy.

Russia and Spain have likewise been sources of concern for the U.S. content industries for sometime, though the report acknowledges recent steps taken by Spain to provide procedures for removing infringing content. Ukraine is a new addition to the list thanks to its increasing role as a hub for hosting pirated content on peer-to-peer networks and hosted websites.

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