Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Naughty List

As part of the 2010 Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement, the United States Trade Representative released a list of Notorious Markets. The list includes marketplaces that have been the subject of enforcement action or that may merit further investigation for possible intellectual property rights infringements. This list is intended to include places which enable or support piracy and counterfeiting.

Some of the places are physical locations such as Bahia Market in Ecuador and Silk Market in Beijing, while others are online locations such as ThePirateBay and Baidu which is alleged to be among the top ten visited sites (and number one in China).

Other types of websites include BitTorrent trackers and indexers, live sportscasts streamed over the internet, and software applications for mobile phones.

The Naughty List is available with the USTR report here.

The USTR seeks cooperation of authorities to investigate further and pursue legal action to combat piracy and counterfeiting.

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