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US Trade Rep Calls Out Stream-Ripping, Countries Failing to Protect Intellectual Property in New Reports

Postby MrFredPFL » Thu Apr 25, 2019 11:50 pm

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The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) released two reports on Thursday (April 25) regarding threats to American creators around the world. The 2018 Notorious Markets List highlights online and physical markets reported to engage in and facilitate copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting, and the Special 301 report -- developed through an interagency trade policy team -- focuses on trading partners that do not adequately support American's intellectual property (IP) rights. This is the first time the two reports have been released together.

The annual Notorious Markets List identifies 33 online markets and 25 physical markets that are reported to engage in and facilitate substantial copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting. Among those are stream-ripping sites, and;, which looks like a legal music site but offers unauthorized downloads for unreasonably low prices and does not pay copyright holders; file sharing website; BitTorrent sites and; and cyberlockers and Russian social networking site is also listed for reportedly facilitating the distribution of copyright-infringing files, but is engaging in conversations with the music industry and -- after signing licensing deals with major labels in 2016 -- last year was a signatory to a landmark anti-piracy agreement with technology companies in Russia.

The list also notes positive developments over the past year, including action against piracy services in Vietnam, Ukraine, Peru and Romania. Notably, action against YouTube-ripping sites has continued with sites such as, and reportedly having stopped promoting or allowing unauthorized audio ripping from music videos and legitimate streaming services.

Among those countries listed in the Special 301 report, India and Russia remain on the USTR's priority watch list. Meanwhile, Romania, Barbados, Bolivia, Jamaica, Mexico and Peru all remain on the watch list with concerns specific to music.

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