Report: US Trade Representative Reveals Countries Worst At Protecting Intellectual Property

Report: US Trade Representative Reveals Countries Worst At Protecting Intellectual Property

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(CelebrityAccess) – 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 33 online markets and 25 physical 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.

Markets noted in the Notorious Markets List include stream-ripping sites flvto.biz, 2conv.com and MP3juices.cc; file sharing website rapidgator.net; BitTorrent sites rutracker.org and rarbg.to; and cyberlockers turbobit.net and uploaded.net. Countries listed in the Special 301 report include India and Russia –– both of which remain on the USTR’s priority watch list –– as well as Romania, Barbados, Bolivia, Jamaica, Mexico and Peru, which all remain on the watch list with concerns specific to music.

Read both reports here.

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