U.S. Lawmakers Issue International Piracy Watch List

Lora Bentley

While U.S. officials are working with their counterparts in other countries on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, members of the Congressional International Anti-Piracy Caucus issued their 2010 International Piracy Watch List.

 

According to a caucus press release, the group is monitoring activity in five countries, and also has pinpointed as a monitoring priority six websites that offer access to unauthorized copies of protected content. China's Baidu, IsoHunt in Canada, Sweden's The Pirate Bay, Germany's RapidShare, mp3fiesta in Ukraine and RMX4U out of Luxembourg are some of the most-visited file-sharing websites worldwide.


The country watch list includes Canada, China, Mexico, Russia and Spain "because of the scope and depth of their piracy problems ... and because piracy in these countries is largely the result of a lack of political will to confront the problem." The same countries were on the watch list last year, but remain on the list because they have made no discernible progress toward greater protection against privacy.

 

By contrast, file-sharing sites in the United States that offer unauthorized copies of protected content are put through the paces when the piracy is brought to light. For example, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York recently awarded summary judgment in favor of the Recording Industry Association of America and found New York-based Limewire liable for copyright infringement. According to CNET News, the order leaves room for the RIAA and its members to force the file-sharing site to close.



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