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STATEMENT OF NINTENDO OF AMERICA, 70 COMPANIES ON SPECIAL 301 DECISION BY USTR

 WASHINGTON, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Lynn E. Hvalsoe, general counsel of Nintendo of America Inc., issued the following statement today on behalf of Nintendo and more than 70 other U.S. video game companies on the U.S. Trade Representative's (USTR) announcement of Special 301 trade actions involving Taiwan and other countries.
 Taiwan
 Taiwan has made and broken numerous promises in the past to curb piracy of U.S. intellectual property rights. We hope that today's decision requiring Taiwan to comply with its promises within 90 days or face U.S. trade action means it will now start to keep them.
 We agree with the USTR's conclusion that "significant problems" remain in Taiwan and that Taiwan must "eliminate piracy" of video games. We are pleased that Taiwan, the most flagrant violator of U.S. intellectual property rights in the world, has been presented with an "immediate action plan" to resolve those problems by July 31.
 Nearly 100 members of Congress have urged USTR to take strong action against Taiwan. Sen. Dennis DeConcini (D-Ariz.), chairman of the Subcommittee on Patents, Copyrights and Trademarks, has urged the trade representative to "take a much more aggressive stance towards the inaction of Taiwan."
 Taiwan is the predominant source of the $2 billion a year in piracy losses suffered by Nintendo of America, its U.S. licensees and developers and the companies that license film and character rights for Nintendo video games.
 We commend the USTR for diligent attention to these complex trade issues. We intend to work closely with the USTR over the next 90 days to ensure that Taiwan improves its export monitoring system and stops the export of pirated video games from its shores. If Taiwan fails to do so, we will strongly support the imposition of tough trade sanctions.
 Korea
 Since the filing of our Special 301 comments, the Korean government has continued to take action against video game pirates. We are also pleased that Korea has agreed to increase the penalties for copyright piracy and to give its customs officials new anti-piracy authority to prevent the import and export of products that infringe copyrights and trademarks.
 These steps led us to change our initial request that Korea be designated a Priority Foreign Country and to recommend instead that Korea be placed on the Priority Watch List, which is consistent with the action taken today.
 Venezuela
 Venezuela has recently recognized that "Nintendo" is a famous trademark and has upheld Nintendo's actions against a pirate company's attempt to obtain registrations for the Nintendo trademark. We had recommended that the USTR recognize this important development. In addition, we endorse USTR's decision to conduct an "out-of-cycle" review of a number of issues, including piracy of video games.
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 /CONTACT: Lynn E. Hvalsoe, 206-882-2040, or James L. Bikoff, 202-775-7151, both for Nintendo of America/


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