CANADA IN THE GRIP OF ORGANISED PIRACY?
As recent media coverage pictures Canada in the grip of Organised Crime involved in IP crimefurther scrutiny learns that both the claims of the level of piracy in Canada as well as the involvement of Organised Crime are highly exaggerated.
According to a previously secret RCMP report obtained under the Access to Information Act, the reality is that counterfeiting, though a concern, may not be as significant a problem. The report called into question claims that organized crime lies behind all Canadian counterfeiting, instead noting that their involvement varies throughout the country. For example, it concluded that in the northwest, “only a few cases could be classified as organized crime; for the most part, IP crime there involves people who are `trying to make a dollar.’”