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Sites problematic to publishers included in the USTR Notorious Market List

Washington, DC; December 17, 2015 —The Association of American Publishers commends the USTR for its 2015 Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Report of “Notorious Markets. ” Inclusion of problem online and physical markets on the list encourages the responsible authorities in the countries associated with such markets to intensify efforts to combat piracy in these problematic markets. The 2015 Notorious Markets List issued today by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) includes websites problematic to publishers.

The publication of the Notorious Markets report helps the U.S. and foreign governments to prioritize intellectual property rights (IPR) enforcement that protects job-supporting innovation and creativity. It highlights physical and online markets around the world that harm American businesses by engaging in and facilitating intellectual property and copyright infringement. AAP’s submission to the USTR identified copyright concerns in 14 online markets that facilitate or enable piracy that adversely impacts U.S. book and journal publishers.

“Publishers appreciate the USTR’s ongoing efforts to identify and engage with markets that have inadequate protection and enforcement of copyright,” said Tom Allen, President and CEO of AAP. “We have seen the impact that inclusion on the list makes, and view this process as helpful in addressing piracy in global markets.”

The 2015 USTR Notorious Markets Report can be found here: https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/USTR-2015-Out-of-Cycle-Review-Notor...

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