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Publishers Commend 2016 USTR Notorious Market List

Washington, DC; December 21, 2016 —The Association of American Publishers commends the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) for its 2016 Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Report of “Notorious Markets,” released today. The report raises awareness of online piracy markets that are problematic to publishers.

Creative industries, including publishing, rely on copyright protections. Piracy abroad can cause significant financial losses for individual right holders as well as harm U.S.-based businesses.

The list helps encourage the responsible authorities in the countries associated with such markets to intensify efforts to combat piracy. It also helps prioritize intellectual property rights enforcement for the U.S. and foreign governments.

AAP’s submission to the USTR identified several online markets that facilitate or enable piracy that adversely impacts U.S. book and journal publishers. Among those noted in the USTR report were Libgen, Bookfi, and Uploaded.net.

In its submission, AAP noted: Given the cross-border nature of piracy, cooperation between and among governments is necessary to more effectively address the unremitting problem of online (and physical) piracy. The publishing industry appreciates and supports the work of the U.S. government in identifying notorious markets that traffic in infringing content, whether in the hard goods or online space

The 2016 USTR Notorious Markets Report can be found here: https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/2016-Out-of-Cycle-Review-Notorious-Markets.pdf.