Piracy rates and level of copyright protection in Ukraine have worsened
IIPA (International Intellectual Property Alliance) recommends to designate Ukraine as a Priority Foreign Country and immediately suspend Ukraine’s eligibility to continue receiving Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) benefits. Problems in Ukraine include rampant online and hard goods piracy, governmental decisions to act against the legitimate collecting society instead of against rogue societies, and the pervasive use of unlicensed software by businesses and government ministries.
The piracy rates and level of copyright protection in Ukraine have worsened over the past two years. Both free and pay-for-download piracy of music and film are widespread in Ukraine, which is also the source of some of the world’s top BitTorrent systems. Ukraine remains a global hot spot for highquality
unauthorized camcording of films uploaded to top sites and distributed across the Internet. Ukraine’s many open air markets and street stalls remain replete with illegal copies of recorded music, films, and software of all kinds including entertainment software. The IPR “Action Plan” with the U.S. Government was never implemented, and indeed, recent actions taken by Ukrainian officials would weaken, not strengthen, enforcement.