Tuesday, 22 February 2011
The IEPI has so far initiated actions ex officio under the Intellectual Property Act against 26 stores which sold unlicensed CDs and DVDs, inflicting fines of approximately $1.8 million on each occasion. If such fines are not paid, criminal action will be taken. In response to these actions the Ecuadorian Association of Audiovisual Product Traders has filed a constitutional claim against the IEPI under Article 325 of the Constitution.
Source: "IP authority initiates ex officio anti-piracy actions", written for International Law Office by Santiago R Bustamante (Tobar & Bustamante Abogados).