Ukraine named world No. 1 copyright pirate, faces economic sanctions

For the second time in its history, Ukraine has been called world’s No. 1 copyright pirate.

The International Intellectual Property Alliance, an association representing the U.S. copyright-based industries, said the Ukraine has “severe legal and copyright enforcement problems,” and recommended to immediately suspend country’s benefits in trade with the U.S.

Copyright piracy has already hit Ukrainian business in 2002, when the U.S. Trade Representative imposed 100 percent tariff sanctions on $75 million worth of Ukrainian annual exports to the U.S. The sanctions were removed only in 2005.

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Oksana Grytsenko of The Kyiv Post

Oksana Grytsenko is a Kyiv Post staff writer.