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Archived updates for Friday, April 15, 2005

US to China: Pirates Need Jail Time, Not Education

At a press conference in Beijing on April 12, 2005, William Lash, assistant secretary of commerce for market access and compliance, commended the Chinese government for its efforts at public education to drive home the importance of IPR protection, but said education is not enough.

"Pirates don't need education," he said. "Pirates need jail time. Pirates don't respect rules. Pirates respect force."

Lash said Chinese officials had told him that total fines imposed in 2003 for violations of trademarks, copyrights and patents amounted to $30 million -- only 0.05 percent of the estimated sales revenue losses of over $60 billion suffered by U.S., European Union and Japanese companies that year.
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Lash said pirates understand force: Lash must have taken notice of the Bank of China employees executed last year.

April 16, 2005 6:39 PM  
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