Officials from the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) have called on the US government to encourage foreign governments to create and enforce anti-organized crime laws against video game pirates.
The ESA will join with other associations that make up the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) to file a “Special 301” report on the state of piracy in more than fifty countries and will ask the US Government to help ensure that these countries improve protections for intellectual property rights in accord with international obligations.
The report identifies Malaysia, Russia and China as the leading large-scale producers of infringing entertainment software product. The report also notes a number of emerging piracy trends, including Internet café piracy, now widespread in certain parts of Europe and Asia.
The IIPA's report, which will be available at www.iipa.com
, details in separate chapters the IP legal and enforcement-related deficiencies of more than fifty countries.