US Govt Identifies Top Pirate Sites and Other ‘Notorious Markets’
The US Government has published its annual list of problematic piracy websites and other “notorious markets.” This year’s overview includes usual suspects such as The Pirate Bay, FMovies, and Rapidgator, but hosting companies and an advertising service are mentioned as well. The USTR hopes that by highlighting the threats, platform operators or foreign authorities will take action.
In its yearly “Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets”, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) lists a few dozen websites said to be involved in piracy or counterfeiting.
The overview is largely based on input from copyright industry groups, including the RIAA and MPA, that submitted their recommendations late last year.
According to USTR, the annual overview aims to motivate the private sector and foreign governments to reduce piracy. To that end, the list identifies sites and services that reportedly engage in, facilitate, turn a blind eye to, or benefit from piracy or counterfeiting.
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