03 March 2011

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The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) Announced the Notorious Markets List – includes Nehru Place Delhi, Baidu

Nehru Place Delhi, Baidu in Notorious Markets List Announced by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR)

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) spotlighted with concern more than 30 Internet and physical markets that exemplify key challenges in the global struggle against piracy and counterfeiting.

The Notorious Markets review identifies markets that are particularly prominent examples of notorious markets in each category, and does not constitute an exhaustive list of all notorious markets around the world.

Inclusion in the Notorious Markets List does not reflect a finding of a violation of law or the United States Government’s analysis of the general IPR protection and enforcement climate in the country concerned; such analysis is contained in the annual Special 301 Report issued at the end of April.

The Notorious Markets List was previously included in the annual Special 301 Report. However, the 2010 Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement stated that USTR, in coordination with the office of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, was to initiate an interagency process to assess opportunities to further expose and potentially expand on the notorious markets list in an effort to increase public awareness and guide related trade enforcement actions.

As a result of that process, USTR has concluded that it can further expose the notorious markets list by initiating a separate, dedicated request for comments and publishing the list independently from the annual Special 301 Report in which it has previously been included.

The Special 301 Subcommittee received and reviewed written submissions from the public concerning potential examples of Internet and physical notorious markets.

The Notorious Markets List released today is the result of this effort. Public submissions may be viewed online at www.regulations.gov, Docket number USTR-2010-0029.

Below is the Notorious Markets List –

These sites exemplify the problem of online sales of pirated music on a pay-per-download basis.

Allofmp3 clones:
While the Russia-based allofmp3 (formerly the world’s largest server-based
Pirate music website) was shut down in 2007; nearly identical sites have taken its place.

These are online services engaged in “deep linking” to allegedly infringing materials, often stored on
Third-party hosting sites.

Baidu recently ranked as the number one most visited site in China, and among the top ten in the world.

Business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) websites have been cited by industry as offering a wide range of infringing products (such as cigarettes, clothing, manufactured goods, pharmaceutical products and sporting goods) to consumers and businesses while maintaining intellectual property policies that are inconsistent with industry norms.

While recognizing that Taobao is making significant efforts to address the availability of infringing goods through its website, it still has a long way to go in order to resolve those problems. Taobao recently ranked in the 15 most visited sites in the world, and in the five most visited sites in China.

BitTorrent indexing BitTorrent indexing sites can be used for the high speed location and downloading of allegedly infringing materials from other users. The sites identified below illustrate the extent to which some BitTorrent indexing sites have become notorious hubs for infringing activities, even though such sites may also be used for lawful purposes.

ThePirateBay recently ranked among the top 100 websites in both global and U.S. traffic, and has been the target of a notable criminal prosecution in Sweden.

Canada-based IsoHunt, which has been subject of civil litigation in both Canada and the U.S., recently ranked among the top 300 websites in global traffic and among the top 600 in U.S. traffic. Btjunkie: This site is among the largest and most popular aggregators of public and non-public “torrents,” which find and initiate the downloading process for a particular file. Kickasstorrents: Another popular indexing site, notable for its commercial look and feel. torrentz.com: This site is a major aggregator of torrents from other BitTorrent sites.

BitTorrent trackers
BitTorrent tracker sites can also be used for the transfer of allegedly infringing material by directing Users to those peers sharing the infringing content. The sites listed below exemplify how some BitTorrent tracking sites have become notorious for infringing activities, even though such sites may also Be used for lawful purposes.

Russia-based Rutracker recently ranked among that country’s 15 most visited sites, and among the 300 most visited sites in the world.

Ukraine-hosted Demonoid recently ranked among the top 600 websites in global traffic and the top 300 in U.S. traffic.

This site is one of the most popular BitTorrent trackers with over 30 million users worldwide.

This site ranks among the most widely used BitTorrent trackers in the world.

Bulgarian-based zamunda is currently the target of a noteworthy criminal

Other web services
Other internet-based services, such as social media sites or cyber lockers, are widely used for lawful purposes. However, some may facilitate unauthorized access to allegedly infringing materials.

The site, which permits users to provide access to allegedly infringing materials, recently ranked among the five most visited sites in Russia and among the 40 most visited sites in the world.

Live sports telecast piracy
Live sports telecast piracy affects amateur and professional sports leagues by making these protected telecasts and broadcasts freely available on the Internet.

TV Ants:
This peer-to-peer service, which reportedly operates from China, exemplifies this problem.

Smartphone software
A number of websites are making Smartphone software applications available to the public without compensating rights holders.

91. com:
This site is reportedly responsible for more than half of all downloaded applications in China.

Physical Markets (in alphabetical order)

Bahia Market (Guayaquil, Ecuador)
This expansive market of at least 1,000 vendors sells large quantities of illicit goods, many of which are either counterfeit products or goods stolen from the Guayaquil port.

China Small Commodities Market (Yiwu, China)
The China Small Commodities Market in Yiwu reportedly sells mostly consumer goods. Industry
has cited the market as a center for wholesaling of infringing goods, making this market the
origin of many counterfeit goods available internationally.

Ciudad del Este (Paraguay)
In Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, the city’s economy is based in part on the trafficking of counterfeit and infringed goods, with a particular emphasis on electronic goods. This activity spills over into the entire Tri-Border Region of Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil, creating a hotbed of piracy and counterfeiting.

Harco Glodok (Jakarta, Indonesia)
This market is one of many in Indonesia known for counterfeit and pirated goods, and is
particularly notorious for pirated optical discs.

La Salada (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
La Salada is the largest of many well-established markets in Buenos Aires that have been cited as being heavily involved in the sale of counterfeit goods.

Ladies Market (Mongkok, Hong Kong)
This well-known tourist shopping area is one of several markets in Hong Kong that have been
targeted for anti-counterfeiting enforcement by Hong Kong Customs.

Luowu Market (Shenzhen, China)
Shenzhen and Guangzhou provinces are reportedly home to dozens of markets offering
counterfeit or pirated goods. The display of signs prohibiting the sale of such goods has not
served as an effective deterrent, as exemplified by the Luowu market.

Nehru Place (New Delhi, India)
Nehru place is reportedly one of the many markets in major cities throughout India that are known for dealing in large volumes of pirated software, optical media and counterfeit goods.

PC Malls (China)
Industry reports that personal computer malls throughout China, such as Hailong PC Mall in
Beijing and Yangpu Yigao Digital Square in Shanghai, sell computers with illegal operating
system software and other unlawfully pre-installed software.

Petrivka Market (Kyiv, Ukraine)
This open air market reportedly houses as many as 300 stands that sell pirated goods, including music, films, games and software.

Quiapo (Manila, Philippines)
Quiapo is just one example of several locations and neighborhoods, especially in metropolitan Manila, known to deal in counterfeit and pirated goods such as clothing, shoes, watches and handbags.

Red Zones (Thailand)
Thai authorities have designated the Panthip Plaza, Klong Thom, Saphan Lek and Baan Mor shopping areas, among others, as targets for enforcement against piracy and counterfeiting.

San Andresitos (Colombia)
These marketplaces of varying sizes scattered throughout Colombia are notorious for
unauthorized reproduction of music, video games and movies.

Savelovskiy Market (Moscow, Russia)
It is reported that pirated goods are widely and openly available at this electronics market in

Silk Market (Beijing, China)
Industry has cited Beijing’s Silk Street Market as a particularly prominent example of the
counterfeiting of consumer and industrial products that is endemic in many retail and wholesale markets throughout China.

Tepito (Mexico City)
Tepito is reportedly the main warehousing and distribution center for pirated and counterfeit products sold at numerous informal markets throughout Mexico.

Urdu Bazaars (Pakistan)
The Urdu Bazaars in Karachi and Lahore reportedly remain the main sources of pirated books in the country, though book piracy is widespread and extends beyond such bazaars.

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Kirtivasan Ganesan March 04, 2011  

USTR is correct. In Nehru Place you get CDs of software like Flash, Dreamweaver, Visual Studio etc.
Nowadays we get DVDs and CDs of new movies and songs too everywhere.
Everyone gets a lot of money as salary. But no one seem to be interested in buying genuine stuff.
Music and software companies should offer schemes like free stay in resorts, one day visit to a bollywood studio, meet a star or such schemes to original stuff buyers.

sm,  March 04, 2011  

Yes they need to offer more schemes