The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has submitted formal comments to the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) listing some of the world’s most notorious marketplaces for the distribution of infringing content.
The USTR is publishing its fourth Notorious Markets List since 2011 and issued a request for public comments on September 26th. In response, the MPAA’s filing notes some of the world’s most infringing marketplaces including direct download and streaming cyberlockers, linking websites, peer-to-peer networks, BitTorrent portals, and physical markets.
Identifying these notorious marketplaces helps maintain a healthy and sustainable international marketplace for creative content around the globe.
MPAA Chairman and CEO Senator Chris Dodd said the film and television industry was “a vibrant component” of the nation’s economy, supporting close to two million jobs and generating a positive trade surplus in every country in the world in which it does business. “Robust protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights both domestically and abroad are vital to ensuring the sustained growth of America’s creative industries.
We are grateful for the USTR’s continued efforts to highlight the importance of global IP rights and appreciate the opportunity to shine a light onto these infringing marketplaces that limit US competitiveness and undermine the hard work of so many American men and women,” he stated.