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04 March, 2000
Video and television copyright infringement of U.S. products has declined to 5 per cent from 17 per cent and it will be totally wiped out in the immediate future, Press and Media Minister Dimitris Reppas said on Friday.
He said that the issue is "indeed one that could cause a crisis in Greek-U.S. relations. We have discussed it many times with the Americans and we have taken the necessary measures, which resulted in the decline of television program piracy for (an earlier) 17 per cent down to 5 per cent".
An International Intellectual Property Alliance report on Greece noted the decrease Reppas described, stressing that "if the Broadcast law's Article 17 continues to be enforced, we can look to the early elimination of such piracy in the near future".
The report, however, noted that "in order (for Greece) to finish the job started with lowering TV piracy, IIPA recommends that Greece be placed on the Watch List in 2000", adding that enforcement of relevant laws should also include other areas of intellectual property rights infringement.
Source: Athens News Agency