MPAA updates USTR on piracy hot-spots

The Motion Picture Association of America has provided the US Trade Representative with a detailed listing of the world’s most notorious marketplaces for the distribution of illegal film and television shows.

MPAA provided the information in response to USTR’s request for submissions from the public on notorious markets outside of the United States. The MPAA list includes peer-to-peer networks, Bit Torrent portals, infringing download and streaming hubs, linking websites and newsgroups, as well as physical markets located in the Ukraine, Australia, Canada, China, Indonesia, Ireland, Brazil, Russia, Thailand, Mexico and India.

MPAA Chairman and CEO, Senator Chris Dodd, said the American motion picture and television industry was a major US employer that supports approximately 2 million jobs and over $104 billion in total wages in all 50 states. “The rogue overseas marketplaces highlighted in the filing undermine the people who work hard to create the movies and TV shows audiences love, and jeopardise the billions of dollars they contribute to the US economy. The MPAA commends the USTR’s commitment to protect and enforce intellectual property rights abroad and, in so doing, protect US jobs.”

The Office of the USTR released its most recent annual Special 301 Report on the adequacy and effectiveness of US trading partners’ protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR) and market access for persons that rely on IPR protection in May 2012.

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