If a person creates a process and patents that process, that person makes a royalty over the life of the patent. If a person creates content that is unique and original, that person should be paid for that content. There are international patent and copyright laws that are meant to ensure these economic rights. Unfortunately many countries not only fail to enforce these laws, they willfully support counterfeit and black market violators.
It’s time for these violators to be held accountable.
The United States should be able to offset any debt we owe to a sovereign nation that fosters these counterfeiters by the amount lost to our citizens and companies. For example, if a country fails to arrest and destroy these patent violators, and American companies lose $200 million in lost customers, than our dent to that country is forgiven by $200 million.