MPAA commends USTR for identifying notorious overseas markets
Dec 15 2012 By Colin Mann
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The Motion Picture Association of America has expressed its support for the efforts of the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) in highlighting over 35 Internet and physical markets that exemplify key challenges in the global struggle against content theft and counterfeiting.

The USTR has released a report – Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets – identifying selected markets, including ones on the Internet, that are reportedly engaged in substantial piracy and counterfeiting, according to information submitted to the Office.

These are marketplaces that have been the subject of enforcement actions or that may merit further investigation for possible IPR infringements. These markets have been selected for inclusion both because they exemplify wider concerns about global trademark counterfeiting and/or copyright piracy, and because their scale and popularity can cause economic harm to U.S. and other IPR rights holders.

According to Michael O’Leary, Senior Executive Vice President for Global Policy and External Affairs for the MPAA, the American motion picture and television industry is a major US employer supporting over 2.1 million jobs and nearly $143 billion in annual wages in all 50 states. “For all of the workers in our industry and their families, copyright theft means declining incomes, lost jobs and reduced health and retirement benefits,” he declared.

“The MPAA supports the USTR’s efforts to identify notorious overseas markets and greatly appreciates its interest in protecting the millions of hard-working Americans and the tens of thousands of businesses that rely on a healthy motion picture and television industry for their livelihoods,” he stated.

“Identifying notorious overseas markets is important for fostering legitimate commerce, improving legitimate markets’ viability and competitiveness, and boosting our country’s overall economic strength. The Notorious Markets report has fostered real improvements in the global marketplace, most recently with Taobao making significant progress to address counterfeiting of our members’ content on its site, and we are grateful to USTR for this effort,” he concluded.