Canadian Anti-Counterfeiting Network Welcomes Federal Security Committee's Call For Measures Against Counterfeiting and Piracy



    Citing concerns over organized crime, safety and the economy, CACN urges
    the government to introduce stronger laws and enforcement without delay

    OTTAWA, June 5 /CNW/ - The Canadian Anti-Counterfeiting Network (CACN)
today welcomed a report by Parliament's Standing Committee on Public Safety
and National Security (SECU) advocating decisive federal government action on
counterfeiting and piracy.
    "CACN is greatly encouraged by the all-party committee's report, which
clearly recognizes and acknowledges the detrimental impact that counterfeiting
and piracy have on the safety and security of Canadians," says Doug Geralde,
Chair, CACN, and Director, Audits & Investigations, CSA Group. "CACN applauds
the committee's call for decisive action to reform and strengthen Canadian
laws as immediate action is needed to help curb counterfeiting rings that are
supported by organized criminal elements. These actions are essential in order
to help better protect individuals from potentially hazardous counterfeit
products and to strengthen Canada's reputation as a nation that respects and
protects intellectual property rights."
    The Committee's unanimous report follows extensive public hearings on
counterfeiting and piracy - problems that cost billions of dollars in losses
to the Canadian economy and funnel illicit profits to criminal organizations,
according to the RCMP.
    According to the report, "There is no doubt that counterfeiting and
piracy cause economic harm to intellectual property owners, private companies
and Canadian governments." ... "We feel that this threat requires forceful
action."
    The report also states that "counterfeiters care nothing about consumers'
health and safety; their sole objective is to make money," adding that
"counterfeit goods also pose a risk because of the involvement of organized
crime."
    The Committee tabled 14 recommendations addressing the need to improve
coordination among departments and agencies, strengthen border controls,
increase human and financial resources, raise public awareness, improve
monitoring of counterfeiting and piracy, and amend intellectual property
legislation.
    In a separate initiative, the federal Industry Committee issued a report
in February calling for government action on these issues. The Industry
Committee is expected to table a comprehensive report on counterfeiting and
piracy later this spring, after recently-concluded hearings.
    Also recently, the U.S. Trade Representative again placed Canada on its
Special 301 Watch List and called on the government to better protect
intellectual property (IP) rights.
    "Backed by overwhelming evidence that Canadians are being harmed by weak
IP safeguards, the calls are coming in from all sides for our government to
take action," says Michael Murphy, Executive Vice President Policy, Canadian
Chamber of Commerce. "Without government remedies, Canada risks not only harm
to its capacity for innovation and economic growth, but also its reputation on
the world stage."
    Carol Osmond, vice chair, CACN and senior policy advisor to I.E. Canada,
the Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters, adds, "The government has
an excellent opportunity to show that it views piracy and counterfeiting
seriously by turning the Security Committee's recommendations into actions."

    About CACN

    The Canadian Anti-Counterfeiting Network (CACN) is a non-profit coalition
of stakeholders that has united in the fight against product counterfeiting
and copyright piracy in Canada and internationally. Members include
broad-based organizations and companies from a range of industries as well as
law firms representing intellectual property rights holders. CACN's mission is
to significantly reduce and ultimately eliminate the manufacture, importation,
distribution and sale of counterfeit products in Canada and abroad through
public education, training of law enforcement, and lobbying for legislative
change and increased resources. CACN can be found online at www.cacn.ca.





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