A number of EU companies, especially UK publishing companies, suffer from a vast counterfeiting and piracy activity in third countries that affects their markets on a large scale. China, India and Russia have been among the most problematic from this point of view.
The EU continues its IP dialogue with China and regularly consult stakeholders for feedback, lately on the current review of Chinese copyright legislation.
The European Commission also holds periodic meetings with stakeholders on IPR issues in Russia twice a year. A special technical working group on internet piracy has been created and a meeting will take place in June 2012.
As a general matter, the Commission includes IPR provisions in its trade agreements with third countries; the ones of the Free Trade Agreement signed with South Korea in October 2010 are quite robust as regards the enforcement of IPR. The Commission is now negotiating a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada. The Canadian government table a bill in June 2010 aimed at modernising Canada’s copyright system; Bill C-11 (former C-32), as it is called, includes provisions on exceptions that could negatively affect EU publishers, in particular academic and educational.